At around 10:00 a.m. the Team was requested to assist Dyfed Powys Police and the Welsh Ambulance Service in the recovery of the body found on a hillside overlooking the town of Machynlleth. The casualty was stretchered off the high ground and handed over to a waiting undertaker. Our best wishes and sympathies go out to the friends and family of the deceased.
At around 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday 9th Aug, the Team was made aware of a woman with an ankle injury on Cader Idris
The 49 year old woman, part of a family group of four, was initially reported as being at Llyn y Gader to the north of the mountain, but the way in which the distress call was received led the Team call-handler to doubt this, and in conversation with the casualty party it became apparent that they were infact on the banks of Llyn Cau to the south.
A party of Team volunteers was dispatched up the mountain, and owing to the difficult nature of the terrain, assistance was requested from the Coastguard helicopter R936. The casualty party was indeed at Llyn Cau, and the woman was uplifted by helicopter for further assessment and treatment at Bronglais hospital. The remaining members of the party were escorted off the hill by Team volunteers, and everyone was safely off the mountain by 6:30 p.m.
The Team became suspicious about the accuracy of the given location because the distress call was picked up by Dyfed Powys Police rather than North Wales Police, and through experience it has been observed that this only tends to happen with people to the south of the ridge line. Local knowledge is a valuable asset.
Through the success of the social media campaign, along with the efforts of Bjarya's owners at Minffordd car park and that of Team volunteers on the hill, there were few people on the mountain who did not know of the missing dog. At around 12:45 a dog matching the description was spotted running loose near the summit, and was secured by a member of the public. The dog, a bit bumped and bruised but otherwise lively, was handed over to Team members who brought her off the mountain, and reunited her with her relieved owners.
Shortly before 4:00 p.m. on Sunday 6th August the Team was notified by the manager of Cader Tea rooms of a dog "stuck in a precarious position" on Cader Idris. The dog's owners had gone to the carpark to get dry and so with no further information available, the team was called out.
The dog Bjarya, belonging to a Belgian couple, had been lost between the summit of Penygader and Pencoed on the southern ridge of the mountain. Barking and howling could be heard from above the ridge and within the Cwm around Llyn Cau, but with visibility down to 50m at times, and with very poor conditions of wind and rain, they had been unable to pinpoint the dog's location.
In continuingly poor conditions, Team volunteers made their way to Llyn Cau with a view to trying to locate the direction of any calls from the dog, and therefore start to identify likely locations. The team also pushed up the stone chute to just below where the dog was last seen. No conclusive sounds or sights were detected.
The owners were briefed of the situation and encouraged to talk to walkers heading up the mountain the following morning. They were reassured that with an indication of location, the Team would be happy to return and assist. Everyone was safely off the mountain by 9:00 p.m.
A social media appeal on the Team pages to raise awareness of the missing dog reached more than 60k people overnight.
At around 8:00 p.m on Wed 2nd August, call handlers from Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team were made aware of a 16 year old youth with an injured knee on Cader Idris.
The youth was part of a group of 17 on the mountain, and the party had helped walk him off as much as possible but were struggling when the path became steep and narrow.
Given the age of the casualty and fast approaching darkness it was decided to request assistance from the coastguard helicopter, Rescue 936, but with the changeable cloudbase throwing a question-mark over the ability of the aircraft to reach the casualty, groups of Team volunteers also set off up the mountain via the Minffordd path.
About 500m up the path Team members encountered the casualty who had been carried by his party. Given the wooded nature of this part of the trail, the helicopter would have been unable to assist and so was stood down. The casualty was loaded into a stretcher and carried down the steep steps to the bottom of the Minffordd path where he was further assessed by the Team Doctor.
With the group planning to keep an eye on the casualty's condition overnight and getting him checked over at Hospital in the morning, the party were transported to their nearby campsite. Everyone was safely off the mountain and heading home by 10:40 p.m.
Just before midday on Tues 1st Aug, Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team was requested to assist our neighbouring team, South Snowdonia Search and Rescue Team, with the rescue of an injured woman from the Precipice Walk near Dolgellau.
The 62 year old woman from Utrecht in the Netherlands was part of a walking holiday group having an easy day on the popular and almost flat route. She slipped on a wet and greasy rock on the path and landed heavily on her hip. On trying to stand, she experienced great pain and was unable to stand.
Given the potentially serious consequences of a pelvic or upper leg fracture, the Coastguard helicopter was requested to assist, and arrived on scene around 10 minutes after the first mountain rescue volunteers had reached the casualty. Having been quickly assessed and provided with pain relief, the lady was lifted onto a stretcher and winched aboard the helicopter for hospital based assessment and treatment at Ysbyty Gwynedd.
Aberdyfi volunteer Graham O'Hanlon was at the casualty site. "The lady was fit, suitably dressed for the mountain environment, and within a well organised group. It just goes to show that even with the best preparation, accidents can still occur."
At around 5:20 p.m. on Sun 30th july, the Team was made aware of two walkers lost in low cloud on Cader Idris near Dolgellau.
Having little information with which to work, and with the informant's phone going straight to voicemail, the team was deployed to search the Mynydd Moel area of the mountain. Shortly after Team volunteers set out, North Wales Police reported further contact with the pair, a man and woman from Kent, who said that the cloud had lifted and they believed they were back on the right track. A small group of volunteers continued up the mountain and met up with the walkers to check on welfare and ensure that they were indeed safely heading downwards. Everyone was safely off the mountain by 6:45 p.m.
At around 11:30 p.m. the Team was requested to assist a couple of lost walkers near Cemmaes.
The pair, a man and woman in their late teens, had set out walking from a local campsite and were unable to find their way back.
The walkers were located using SARLOC, a protocol which interrogates smartphones for their position. A small party of volunteers was then deployed to find the walkers and assess them for injury. The pair were cold but otherwise unharmed and were brought safely back to the site by around 1:30 a.m.
In the late afternoon, the Team was requested to assist in the rescue of a sheep stuck down a mine-shaft near Dylife in the hills south east of Machynlleth.
The ewe, spotted by passing walkers, was on a ledge about 5m down an abandoned shaft in an area of old lead-mine workings near the Star Inn at Dylife. Although not a significant distance down, the nature of the terrain created potentially serious hazards to the rescuers.
Rescuer Graham O'Hanlon was at the scene. "The ewe was sat on a small ledge under a slight overhang consisting of semi-rotten beams, rock slabs and mining spoil. The whole lot was potentially unstable and our technical rope rescue team had to work hard to check stability and remove hazards as they made their way down. With this in mind the set-up took plenty of preparation but the actual rescue was over in a matter of minutes."
The ewe was recovered safely and Team volunteers were safely back at their vehicles by 9:30 p.m.
At around 8:40 p.m. on Thursday 6th Jul, the Team was called to assist with the rescue of Mac the sheepdog from a quarry ledge near Pennal. Mac had failed to return from sheep gathering earlier in the day, and on returning to the work area, his owner was able to hear him on a ledge high on the quarry wall.
In order to avoid unnecessary risk to Team volunteers, the rescue was deferred until first thing the following morning, when 10 members of the Team made their way up to the quarry. A rope system was created at the top of the workings allowing a rescuer to be lowered down to the ledge where Mac was patiently waiting. He was loaded into a purpose built bag, and the pair were lowered down to the quarry floor.
Mac was unscathed by his adventure, and made his way directly to his grateful owner, pausing only for a quick detour back to his rescuer in the full knowledge that there were still biscuits in his pocket.
Everyone was safely down off the hill by 11:00 a.m.