Anglesey woman in hospital after seven-hour mountain rescue

Aberdyfi Search and Rescue

An Anglesey woman was taken to hospital after she slipped during a mountain walk in south Snowdonia at the weekend.

It took seven hours to rescue the woman in her 40s, who suffered a head injury while she was hiking on Cader Idris on Saturday (21st November)

32 volunteers from the Aberdyfi Search and Rescue team were involved in the operation.

At just after 1pm, the team said it received a call about the woman, who slipped and hit hear head while crossing the summit plateau between the peaks at Pen y Gader and Mynydd Moel.

A spokesperson said she was ”bleeding profusely and both the casaulty and her partner were anxious, cold and wet”.

It took more than an hour for search and rescue volunteers to reach the woman by foot, so the Coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon was called out. But it was forced to turn back due to poor weather which shrouded the mountains in cloud.

When the volunteer crew reached the casaulty, they determined she was unable to walk off Cader Idris. She was placed in a casaulty bag on a stretcher to try and stay warm, while the team prepared for ”the prolonged and very difficult” carry down to Minffordd by stretcher.

A spokesperson added: ”As the stretcher party started to descend the main slope of Mynydd Moel, there was a hint of slightly improving weather conditions, and once again, helicopter assistance was requested.”

”This time, the aircraft was able to reach the mountain, but the cloudbase meant that it could not quite reach the stretcher party. The crew landed the aircraft nearby, giving rescuers the chance to move a little further down the mountain, before they took off and winched the casualty aboard.”

Having finally taken the woman off the mountain, she was airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor for further treatment. The search and rescue volunteers made it off the hill by 8pm.

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