The man's body was found on Heather Terrace on Tryfan. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The man's body was found on Heather Terrace on Tryfan. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A man has died after falling from a Snowdonia mountain.

A woman and her three teenage boys came across the man’s body while descending Tryfan on Thursday.

The woman rang 999 after the discovery on Heather Terrace. The body of the man, in his 20s or 30s, was at the foot of the North Buttress, next to the North Gully on the East Face of the mountain.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 4pm and two team members made their way up to the site where the family had agreed to wait.

Chris Lloyd of the rescue team said the man died from his injuries when he fell up to 100ft.

Mr Lloyd said: “One team member walked the party down to Oggi Base, sited in the shadow of Tryfan. Here they were interviewed by a police officer. Meanwhile a rescue party of a dozen Ogwen members made their way to the casualty site.”

He said the man was from eastern Europe but lived in north-west England and was on holiday in the area.

Mr Lloyd said: “It appeared that he was suitably equipped for hillwalking. He may have been trying to descend North Gully and when he came to a long drop, he traversed on to North Buttress.

“As it had been raining overnight and in the morning, the rocks were greasy. It would appear that he has fallen 20m to 30m to his death.”

Ogwen Valley team members carried out investigations on behalf of North Wales Police then stretchered the body directly off the terrace down the rocky gully to the heather-covered boulder field – about 200m – and into Cwm Tryfan. Mr Lloyd said: “Here they were met by a dozen members of the RAF Valley MRT who had been called to assist with the long stretcher carry out of the cwm.

“The stretcher party arrived at the A5 at about 10.30 pm where the casualty was handed to an undertaker and details were taken by the police.

“Our thanks go to the lady who reported her find and stayed for over an hour at the site with three boys until she could be relieved by the mountain rescue team. Also we thank members of RAF Valley MRT for their assistance.

“And our thoughts are with the relatives of the casualty.”

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