Yucatan drummer’s death ‘accidental’

An inquest has heard how a ‘simple slip’ led to a musician falling more than 6oft to his death in Snowdonia.

The body of Yucatan drummer Iwan Huws was found by a mountain rescue team the day after he slipped on the west face of Tryfan in January.

The 34 year-old civil engineer from Rhosgadfan was an experienced hiker who had climbed the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in the Andes and the Annapurna Massif in the Himalayas.

The alarm was raised when Mr Huws failed to return from walking up Tryfan – his favourite mountain. Over 50 volunteers were involved in the search and rescue operation, which ended when his body was discovered on a scree slope near the top of the gully.

A pathologist told the Caernarfon hearing that Mr Huws suffered a number of severe injuries from the fall. He had been properly equipped for his walk and wearing appropriate clothing.

Deputy coroner Nicola Jones said Mr Huws ”could not have done anything else to be more safe” on the mountain that day and it was likely that he had slipped on ”a very unforgiving terrain”.

She recorded a verdict of accidental death.


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