Rescuers had to wear crampons to reach the walker near Snowdon's summit. Photo: John S Turner CC-BY-SA-2.0

Rescuers had to wear crampons to reach the walker near Snowdon's summit. Photo: John S Turner CC-BY-SA-2.0

A hypothermic walker wearing jeans and trainers was rescued from Wales’s highest mountain after getting lost.

The 37-year-old from Sussex called for help from Bwlch Glas near the summit of Snowdon yesterday after getting into difficulties in snow and heavy rain.

Rescuers said the man had little or no equipment for his trip, more than 3,000ft up on the mountain.

North Wales Police called out Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team about 6.35pm after receiving a 999 call from the man, close to the 1,085m (3,560ft) summit.

A spokesperson for Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team, which was also called out, said: “A rescue helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey was called to assist, but due to the snow and heavy rain attempts to reach the casualty proved fruitless.

“Meanwhile, a small party of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team members was dispatched on foot, and arrived on scene with the male shortly after 9pm with the use of crampons required to reach him.

“Upon their arrival, it was clear that the male was suffering from the effects of hypothermia, and was unable to walk off the hill under his own steam.

“The Aberglaslyn team were called at 9.17pm and deployed nine team members and one Land Rover ambulance to the incident.

“Personnel from both teams then set off on to the hill equipped with a stretcher to assist.

“Luckily, the male was provided with warm clothing and was able to walk off the hill with the assistance of mountain rescue team personnel.”

The rescue ended shortly after midnight.

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