Team members bring the cragfast group to safety. Photo: Aberdyfi SRT

Team members bring the cragfast group to safety. Photo: Aberdyfi SRT

Two children were among four people rescued from a precarious position when they got stuck on a Snowdonia cliff.

Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team was alerted about noon on Friday that a family group was cragfast on a cliff overlooking the road to Abergynolwyn.

A team spokesperson said: “A quick investigation of likely locations quickly pinpointed the party, two men and their daughters aged seven and four, high in the quarry area of Birds’ Rock near Bryncrug.

“The group had attempted to scramble to the summit of Birds’ Rock via the steep quarry portion of the hill, an area of shattered and loose stone and scree, and got an estimated 150m above the level of the road before becoming stuck and calling for help.”

Rescuers took 5½ hours to complete the operation to bring the four to safety in what they described as a dangerous working area with poor anchor options and a high risk from falling material.

The men and their children were given safety equipment by the team, then lowered in two pitches to the roadside.

Team volunteer Graham O’Hanlon helped coordinate the rescue. He said: “The nature of the hillside made this a slow and technically demanding procedure in a difficult working environment.

“We were all very glad when the casualties and the rescue volunteers made it safely down to the road.”

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