Rescuers and the Coastguard helicopter at the scene during the incident. Photo: Mike Gibson/

Rescuers and the Coastguard helicopter at the scene during the incident. Photo: Mike Gibson/

A walker was rescued from the slopes of a Snowdonia mountain after injuring her leg.

The 60-year-old was forced to abandon her attempts to walk to safety because of the pain after she tripped following an ascent of Tryfan.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation was called out to aid the woman about 3.30pm on Saturday. The team also revealed an 11-year-old boy rescued with his father after getting stuck on the mountain the previous week managed to successfully ascend the peak yesterday.

Chris Lloyd of the Ogwen Valley team said the woman, her daughter and seven others scrambled up the North Ridge to the summit of Tryfan in misty conditions.

“They descended via Bwlch Tryfan and Cwm Bochlwyd,” he said. “Halfway between the bwlch and the lake, she tripped, injuring her lower left leg and ankle. She had hoped to slowly make her way off the mountain with the assistance of her group. However, the pain and the rocky footpath would have made this long and arduous. They made the right decision to call for mountain rescue.

“A hasty party of three was despatched up into the cloud. Once the hasty party arrived on scene, seven of her group descended to the A5 road and drove to Bryn Poeth, home of Ogwen Valley mountain rescue, to await completion of the rescue.

“A stretcher party of eight members made its way up. The lady was treated, splinted and loaded onto the stretcher. The assistance of the Coastguard S-92 helicopter was requested, but it was committed to two rescues in the Lake District.

“While five of the stretcher party started to carry the casualty towards Llyn Bochlwyd and the outfall, the other members were setting up belays for the steep descent into the Ogwen Valley.

“As the stretcher party was making its way down the steep descent, the mist thinned to give improved visibility. Fortunately, Bristow’s helicopter was able to fly via the Ogwen Valley en route from the Lake District to its home in Caernarfon.

“A landing zone was found and the lady was able to hobble the last 20m into the aircraft. She was flown to hospital in Bangor. Her daughter was taken to Oggie Base by team members to be re-united with her group.”

Mr Lloyd said it was a very unfortunate incident for a well organised, equipped and experienced party. He added: “Hopefully, like the 11-year-old boy who was recently rescued from a steep gully on Tryfan and who successfully climbed Tryfan today, this lady will not be put off this classic mountain.”

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