The man fell from the Pyg Track to the Miner's Track on Snowdon. Photo: Kevan Watson CC-BY-SA-2.0

The man fell from the Pyg Track to the Miner's Track on Snowdon. Photo: Kevan Watson CC-BY-SA-2.0

A walker has died after falling more than 200ft on Wales’s highest mountain.

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 6.30pm on Monday after the man fell from the Pyg Track on to the Miners’ Track on Snowdon.

Team members had been called out 50 minutes earlier when a man and woman called for help reporting themselves lost on the east ridge of the mountain.

But rescuers diverted to the more serious incident and also requested the help of a helicopter.

A team spokesperson said: “Team members who had already set off for an earlier incident made their way to the crusher by Llyn Llydaw, and then continued by foot to the casualty site.

“Due to the weather conditions and the location, the helicopter was unable to assist in the recovery of the casualty and was re-tasked to help with our first call out.

“Once on scene it was quickly established that the casualty had not survived the fall and the team set about the recovery of the casualty from the cliff face.”

The fallen walker, who had plunged 70m down the cliff, was placed on a stretcher and lowered down the crag to Llyn Glaslyn, then carried off the mountainside to a team Land Rover.

The spokesperson said: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with the family and friends of the man.”

The rescue involved 22 team members for almost 4¾ hours.

The search for the lost walkers then resumed, with team members being airlifted to the site by the Coastguard helicopter. The incident involved 17 team members for almost 5½ hours.

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