The walker is stretchered down the mountain by rescuers. Photo: Aberglaslyn MRT

The walker is stretchered down the mountain by rescuers. Photo: Aberglaslyn MRT

A walker was airlifted to hospital after being caught in an avalanche on Wales’s highest mountain.

The man was struck by the avalanche on the Pyg Track on Snowdon, one of the most popular ascent routes up the 1,085m (3,560ft) mountain.

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 1.20pm today, Saturday, after the man who was with another walker, was injured in the incident about 200m above the interchange where paths meet the mountain railway.

Many of the team were on another rescue so the Llanberis rescuers requested help from the neighbouring Aberglaslyn MRT.

Seven of the team made their way to the scene on the mountain, which was covered in low cloud.

An Aberglaslyn MRT spokesperson said: “Once on scene, the male reported to have been knocked unconscious for over 15 minutes as a result of the avalanche and complained of a numbness to his lower back area.

Rescuers guide in the Sea King helicopter. Photo: Aberglaslyn MRT

Rescuers guide in the Sea King helicopter. Photo: Aberglaslyn MRT

“He was immediately immobilised with a vacuum mattress, a specialist piece of equipment which moulds to the shape of the casualty to prevent any movement of the spine and secured into a stretcher.

“The casualty was then stretchered a considerable distance down the peak in full winter conditions to Llyn Glaslyn, where he was evacuated by an RAF rescue helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey.”

The rescue took 4½ hours.

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