One of the men is winched from Bristly Ridge into the Coastguard helicopter. Image: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

One of the men is winched from Bristly Ridge into the Coastguard helicopter. Image: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Rescuers have released footage of a dramatic rescue of two men who got stuck on a Snowdonia mountain in wintry conditions.

The video shows the two men being winched into the Caernarfon-based Sikorsky S-92 aircraft from Glyder Fach on Saturday.

A Coastguard spokesperson said winch operator Larry Slater and winchman Chris Bradshaw had to use all their skills to rescue the two who were on the Bristly Ridge, as the weather conditions were very difficult.

The pair called for help shortly after 1pm after getting stuck in wintry conditions in Sinister Gully. Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation was alerted and requested the help of the Caernarfon Coastguard helicopter.

The aircraft crew picked up three mountain rescue team members and flew them close to the scene as low cloud enveloped the mountainside.

Chief pilot, Captain Dave Kenyon, who was flying the aircraft, said: “We were in cloud and very tight up against the cliff. There were some particularly good winch operating and winchman skills from Larry and Chris in difficult circumstances.”

The pair were flown to the Ogwen Valley MRO base and the helicopter crew then returned to winch up the mountain rescuers from the ridge.

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