The Coastguard helicopter airlifted rescuers to the cloudbase. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The Coastguard helicopter airlifted rescuers to the cloudbase. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Rescuers hitched a lift on a helicopter and a train to reach two walkers stuck on cliffs on Wales’s highest mountain.

Members of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team were airlifted on to Snowdon by the Coastguard and then were taken further up the mountain by the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

The use of the two very different forms of transport saved valuable time in reaching the pair who were cragfast on Clogwyn Coch, north of the summit.

The two walkers had been advised they could make their way to Nant Peris via the crags of Clogwyn Coch. The pair called for help after getting stuck on steep ground.

The rescue team used the Sarloc smartphone system to place their location about 800m up in the middle of the cliffs, which overlook Llyn Du’r Arddu.

A team spokesperson said: “A request was made for Maritime and Coastguard Agency Rescue 936 to lift team members as high onto the mountain as possible.

The train crew took rescuers higher up the mountain. Photo: Christine Matthews CC-BY-SA-2.0

The train crew took rescuers higher up the mountain. Photo: Christine Matthews CC-BY-SA-2.0

“Because of the cloud base, a team of four were dropped off just under Clogwyn Station. Spotting an ascending train, our friends at the Snowdon Mountain Railway gave us their usual high-quality assistance by stopping to pick the team up and drop them nearer to the casualty site.

“Some time was taken to locate the casualty location due to the mist but a team member was able to be lowered down the 80m to them and the two grateful casualties were hauled up one at a time to safety.”

Llanberis MRT posted a video of the rescue on Facebook

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