At around 9:30 p.m. the Team received a request to assist our neighbours at Brecon Mountain Rescue Team with the search for a high risk missing woman, again in Llanidloes. The search was stood-down without a find at 3:15 a.m. the following morning.
Shortly before 6:30 p.m. the Team received a request to assist an injured walker on Cader Idris.
The man, in his 30s and from Devon, injured his ankle in a a slip near the outflow of Llyn Cau. Being unable to walk on the injured limb the man was carried by team-stretcher down the Minffordd path. The man was taken by friends to Ysbwty Gwynedd at Bangor for further assessment and treatment.
At around 10:00 a.m. the Team responded to a request from our southern neighbours in Brecon Mountain Rescue Team to assist in the search for a high risk person missing for 3 days. The Team was able to send water-rescue and bank-search teams to assist in the multi-agency operation based around Llanidloes.
Towards the end of a full day of searching, a Fire and Rescue service team detected the heat-source of a recent camp-fire, and some astute piecing together of information and evidence led the operation-control to conclude that this was associated with the missing man. Search parties, including volunteers from Aberdyfi, were quickly moved into the area, and the man was located alive and physically well shortly afterwards.
Shortly after 3:00 p.m., call-handlers from the Team were made aware of a lone walker with a leg injured whilst walking the Aran Ridge.
The man, in his 50's, slipped near summit of Aran Fawddwy and strained a muscle in his leg. He had subsequently tried to make his own way off the mountain but, being unable to load bear on the leg, he quickly realised that he needed assistance.
The team was called-out with a plan to drive as high as possible and deploy from the top of the nearby forestry block. A request was also placed for assistance from Coastguard helicopter R936. As the team was assembling at the foot of the mountain, R936 was able to collect the casualty and downloaded him to a nearby landing site to be met by Team personnel. The man was transported to meet his wife who was waiting to drive him onwards for hospital based assessment and treatment.
At around 7:30 p.m. call-handlers from the Team were made aware of a missing walker on Cader Idris.
The man, one of a group walking on the mountain, had been suffering the effects of heat through the day, and at one point was reported to have become unresponsive. He had apparently recovered sufficiently to attempt to walk off the mountain alone down the Minffordd path whilst one of the others from the group returned to their car, parked elsewhere, and planned to meet him at the Minffordd car park.
When the friend arrived at Minffordd, the casualty was not present. The friend back-tracked up the mountain as far as the place where the man had last been seen but still did not encounter the casualty, and at this point a request for assistance was placed with North Wales Police.
As Team members were making their way to the incident, news came through that the man had been located, and that no further assistance was required.
Shortly before 1:00 p.m. call-handlers from the Team were made aware of an injured male on Graig y Bwlch near Dinas Mawddwy.
The male, in his 60's, had spent the early part of the morning photographing aircraft flying the "Mach Loop". Around 10:00 a.m., and during the process of descending the crag to return to his car, the man slipped on the steep ground and injured his left ankle. Unable to weight-bear on the injured limb, the man called North Wales Ambulance Service for assistance. Due to the nature of the terrain, a request was made for the Team to assist.
Team volunteers deployed from Bwlch Oerddrws carpark to the casualty's location with stretcher and medical equipment. The casualty was assessed and the limb splinted prior to being loaded onto a stretcher for transportation back down the mountain.
Following a final assessment by team medics the male handed over to a family member for transportation to hospital in order to seek further assessment and treatment.
All team members were off the hill by 3:30 p.m.
Shortly before 9:00 p.m. Team call-handlers were made aware of a lost walker on Hen Gerrig between Lake Vyrnwy and Llandymawddy.
The male in his 20's had started out from Lake Vyrnwy in the morning with the intention of walking a planned route. During the day he became disorientated, and strayed well away from any notable footpaths or his intended route. Having recognised his predicament, the male called Dyfed Powys Police for assistance. With failing light and no water or torch, the walker had become anxious and concerned for his own safety.
Call-handlers used smart-phone technology to locate the man and attempted to direct him down off the hill, but a combination of factors made it difficult for the walker to follow instructions and directions.
Team volunteers deployed to the area and made their way as far as possible up into the forestry in a team vehicle before continuing on foot to the casualty's location. The man was medically assessed and provided food and water before being escorted back down to the team vehicle. The male was transported back to the main road and met by family members for transportation home.
All team members were off the hill by 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
Shortly before 10:00 a.m. call-handlers from the Team were made aware of a collapsed walker on Aran Benllyn, south of Llanuwchllyn.
The walker was part of a well equipped and experienced mountaineering club group walking the Aran Ridge from Llanuwchllyn to Dolgellau. He collapsed suddenly, and resuscitation attempts by other group members started immediately.
Due to the remote location and potential severity of the incident, the assistance of Coastguard helicopter Rescue936 was requested, and although being first in the area, the helicopter was unable to reach the casualty site due to low cloud cover. As Rescue Team members started arriving at the foot of the hill, the winchman-paramedic was dropped below the cloud-base to make his way to the casualty on foot.
Returning to the foot of the mountain, R936 collected a hill-party of Team volunteers, along with a stretcher and further medical supplies, and flew them up to the cloud-base to quickly join the rescue attempt.
Despite immediate, prolonged and high quality CPR performed by group members, and further interventions once the paramedic was on scene, the man remained unresponsive throughout and was declared deceased at the scene.
Team volunteers placed the casualty on a stretcher and moved down the mountainside to a suitable landing site below the cloud-base where R936 returned once again to fly the hill party and casualty off the hill. The casualty was handed over to the care of North Wales Police.
Everyone was back at vehicles by 1:45 p.m.