The walker slipped on ice after summiting Snowdon. Photo: John S Turner CC-BY-SA-2.0

The walker slipped on ice after summiting Snowdon. Photo: John S Turner CC-BY-SA-2.0

A walker was airlifted from Wales’s highest mountain after falling more than 300ft.

The 31-year-old from London was coming down from the 1,085m (3,560ft) summit of Snowdon about 2.45pm with a friend on Tuesday when she slipped on hard snow and ice and tumbled about 100m.

Low cloud prevented a Sea King search and rescue helicopter from RAF Anglesey reaching the scene, but the aircraft was used to fly 18 volunteers from the Llanberis and Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Teams to the cloud base from where they were winched to the mountainside and made their way on foot.

The Llanberis team doctor treated her for suspected pelvic injuries at the scene near the zigzags on one of the main routes up from the Pyg Track.

She was then stretchered by rescuers down the mountain below the cloud and put into the helicopter, which flew her to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor for further treatment.

An Aberglaslyn team spokesperson said: “She did not have crampons or an ice-axe, which would have helped her in the conditions.”

The rescue took 5½ hours.

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