The walkers got lost on Cadair Idris. Photo: NotFromUtrecht CC-BY-SA-3.0

The walkers got lost on Cadair Idris. Photo: NotFromUtrecht CC-BY-SA-3.0

A mountain rescuer reminded hillgoers to act responsibly when heading into the high ground, after a couple had to be brought to safety when they got lost on a Snowdonia peak.

Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team used the Sarloc smartphone system to pinpoint the position of the husband and wife, in their 20s, on Cadair Idris.

Their location was confirmed when they found a grid reference plaque.

The team was called out about 7.30pm on Monday to search for the Suffolk couple. The pair climbed the mountain via the Minffordd path, reached the summit and began their descent but got lost in low cloud and drizzle. It then began to get dark.

A team spokesperson said: “Neither had clothing or equipment suitable for the mountain environment or the forecast weather conditions.

“As rescue volunteers made their way up both sides of the mountain, team call-handlers were able to make use of the Sarloc smartphone protocol to get a location for the pair, and this information was confirmed when the pair came across one of the national park grid-reference discs placed on fences and stiles around the mountain.

“With this information to hand, rescuers were directed to the cold, wet but otherwise uninjured pair, and having been dressed in warm dry clothing, they were escorted down off the mountain.

“Everyone was safely back at vehicles by 11pm.”

Volunteer Graham O’Hanlon, who took part in the rescue, said: “The mountains can be an enjoyable environment in a wide range of weather conditions, but it is the responsibility of those heading into the hills to equip themselves and have the navigational skill to cope with the expected conditions along with some provision for if things do not go to plan.”

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