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Snowdonia climber loses leg

Posted in: Leg Injuries Personal Injury Public Place Accidents 

A rock climber who had been tackling an area of Snowdonia’s mountain range has had to have his leg amputated after a large rock gave way under him, causing him to fall 500ft (150m) onto the A5 carriageway below. 

The climber had been with a friend, following a route that began at Pen yr Ole Wen in the Caerneddau range in the Ogwen Valley, when at about 10:30 BST on Saturday the climber fell and the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team were alerted.  It was two passing walkers who went to assist the men, with one helping the injured man and the other calling 999.

18 rescue workers reached the casualty

The RAF climbing rescue team, who were luckily in the area at the time, assisted the Mountain Rescue Team and eventually a group of 18 reached the casualty. Mountain rescuers said that the large block of rock gave way when the climber stood on it, sending him some 500ft to the ground. The mountaineer suffered severe leg injuries and was immediately airlifted to a nearby hospital.

The man, believed to be in his mid-40s from the south of England, is currently being treated in a specialist unit in Stoke, and has sadly had to have his leg amputated.  Chris Lloyd from Ogwen Mountain Rescue said that it was “the first time in mountain rescue” that they had had to deal with an incident of such severity.  Mountain rescue workers have wished the climber a fast recovery.

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