Call handlers spoke to the partner of the 51 year old woman, who was with her on the hill, and obtained a fairly specific description of the path they were on and distances from a key feature. This differed slightly from the description provided to North Wales Police, but not greatly so.
As the first volunteers from the team were making their way up the hill to the casualty site, they encountered a walker coming down off the mountain who said he had recently passed the pair on a completely different part of the mountain. Whilst Team members followed up this new report, others continued searching the originally reported area to no avail.
Eventually, the injured woman and partner were located at the position described by the walker, high on the slopes on Mynydd Moel, on a different path, more than a kilometer away and more than 350m higher than the position given.
Given the elevated position and encroaching nightfall, the coastguard helicopter, Rescue936 was requested, and the lady was evacuated by air to Ysbwty Gwynedd for further assessment and treatment. Everyone was safely off the hill by 8:30 p.m.
Team volunteer Graham O'Hanlon attended the rescue. "Without the chance encounter with the walker, and having had such a specific first-hand description of location, we would have expended a great deal of effort combing the first area. The operation would have eventually expanded, but it would have been some time before we started searching areas that far removed from the described point."