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."