The Team's help was requested by Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team (AMRT) to assist in the carry-off of a female walker with an ankle injury from the back of Cnicht. Our Team vehicle drove as far as Croesor Quarry from where Team volunteers deployed on foot. The casualty had been treated and packaged by casualty carers from AMRT, and Aberdyfi volunteers met up with the casualty party as they made a start on the journey off the mountain. With visibility as low as 20m at times, and very wet conditions underfoot, this was a slow and difficult process.
At around 7:00 p.m., and while a party of volunteers was already out helping Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team with an incident near Cnicht, the Team was called to assist a party of ten walkers lost on Cader Idris. The group was able to identify their location by means of one of the grid reference discs attached to stiles on the range, and were advised by the Police call-handler to hold their position until contacted by mountain rescue. With knowledge of their exact position, a Team call-handler was able to give them precise instructions on how to proceed, and checked with them at 15 min intervals to assess progress. A party of 3 Team volunteers headed up the path to meet the group and escort them down the final stages. During this phase the hill party encountered another group making slow progress due to a party member with a knee injury. Both parties were safely escorted off the hill.
Volunteers from the Team were requested to assist a Welsh Ambulance Service crew with the transport of a lady with a suspected broken ankle from up on the hillside at Bwlch Oerddrws, near Dolgellau. After a short but tricky stretcher carry, the lady was safely delivered roadside to the waiting ambulance for further hospital based care.
Team volunteers, along with colleagues from Brecon Mountain Rescue Team, spent the day assisting Dyfed Powys Police in the ongoing search for a missing person. After a hard day searching heavily overgrown areas around the town, the search found its conclusion when a body was found. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this sad outcome.
Volunteers from the Team assisted Welsh Ambulance Service paramedics and North Wales Police / Heddlu Gogledd Cymru Officers in the recovery of a woman who died in a fall near Arthog earlier today. Our thoughts are with the friends and families of those affected by this tragic event.
Team volunteers spent the day working alongside colleagues from Brecon Mountain Rescue Team in a search for a missing person near Aberystwyth. A number of locations were searched around the urban margins, but nothing of significance was found.
From late in the evening of Wed 29th until Fri 31st March, the Team was involved in assisting in the search for, and recovery of those killed in a helicopter crash in the hills north of Dolgellau. This incident involved all of the North Wales Mountain Rescue Teams, along with North Wales Police, the Coastguard helicopter R936 and other specialist agencies.
Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of those who lost their lives.
At around 7:50 a.m., call handlers from Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team received a request to assist the Welsh Ambulance Service with the rescue of an injured man at the Centre for Alternative Technology, near Machynlleth.
The man, a visitor staying at the site, had gone out for an early morning walk along the woodland trails above the main centre but slipped and sustained an knee injury. Ambulance crew attended the scene and administered first aid but were unable to move the man given the nature of the terrain.
Team volunteers carried the wheeled stretcher to the scene and the man was quickly recovered to a waiting ambulance. Everyone was back at vehicles by 9:30 a.m.
On Wednesday 8th of March call-handlers from the Team were made aware of a crag-fast farm dog south of Machynlleth.
Dauntless, a two year old bitch, had run into a steep sided gorge near Aberhosan earlier in the week, and the owners had made a number of attempts to encourage her out or get down to her, all without success. In the end they called the Police to request Mountain Rescue assistance.
Given the time of day, and in order to maximise team availability, the rescue attempt was postponed until first thing Thursday morning. A group of twelve volunteer rescuers attended the call-out, and started the process of moving crag-rescue equipment up the steep mountain side to the side of the gully.
"At first things didn’t look so good" said Team member Graham O'Hanlon who attended the rescue. "The dog had been spotted late the previous day, and had been quite vocal in letting everyone know where she was, but as we made our way up the hill there was no noise and no movement. I wasn't the only one who feared the worst."
Unable to get a good view into the bottom of the gully, it was decided to lower a rescuer into the gorge for a better look. On the second descent, a small static bundle of fur was spotted on a rock ledge, and it looked like Dauntless had not survived her ordeal. However, as the rescuer got closer, an ear pricked, a tail wagged, and all was well. Dauntless, seemingly fine from her time in the gorge bottom, was packaged into a rescue sack and was hauled back to the top of the gully where she was reunited with her owners.
"We were all very pleased things worked out well for both dog and owners. We rely on the co-operation and forbearance of the farming community as we go about our rescue business, so it is good to be able to return the favour every now and then. Such rescues also provide us with valuable training to keep our rope rescue skills as sharp as they can be" said Graham.
Just after 3:20 p.m. on Friday 24th Feb, call-handlers from Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team were made aware of a woman with a leg injury on Cader Idris.
The 41 year old from Llanidloes was walking on the Minffordd path with a family group when she slipped and fell a short distance on the slopes above Llyn Cau, sustaining a suspected fracture to her lower leg.
Given the serious nature of the injury, assistance from the Coastguard Helicopter was requested, and the aircraft was making its initial approaches as Team volunteers gathered at the foot of the mountain. With the casualty on a steep slope and with a rapidly falling cloud-base it was possible that the helicopter would not be able to access the site directly, and so a stretcher party was assembled at a nearby landing site ready to assist with the extraction.
In the event, the helicopter was able to lower the winchman to the scene, and after some initial treatment to relieve significant pain and to stabilise the injury, the woman was winched aboard the aircraft and flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd at Bangor for further hospital-based treatment. Team volunteers then ascended to the accident site to meet up with another party member who had waited with the casualty, and to escort him down off the mountain in the failing light. Everyone was safely off the hill by 6:20 p.m.