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OVMRO Incidents

No. Details Description
73 31 Aug 2014 19:50
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31 Aug 2014 20:50

Tryfan

1 person: Hill walking

8 members attended
Two friends with limited equipment were descending the North Ridge of Tryfan when another walker suggested they take a 'short cut' back to the campsite at Tryfan Bach. This involved climbing down one of the gullies on the East Face, probably Nor Nor Gully. All went well until they reached an awkward step which one friend climbed down but the other could not. They decided to split up and meet at the campsite and the overdue male was last seen making his way back up the gully to find another way down. After waiting for 2 hours at the campsite the first male called for help as there was no sign of his friend. Due to fading daylight an immediate tasking of 22 squadron was requested and team members made their way to Base.The 'missing' friend was found walking along the road having found a different way down after returning to the summit, so the team and helicopter were stood down. It is worth noting that he had no torch, whistle of phone with him so finding him could have proved extremely difficult.
72 28 Aug 2014 12:30
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28 Aug 2014 14:30

East Face Tryfan

4 people: Hill walking

17 members attended
This family of four adults intended climbing the north ridge to the Eastern Traverse, as two of them had done this successfully a couple of weeks ago. However, there was far more cloud on the mountain today and at some point they made a navigational error and strayed on to the East Face much lower down. They scrambled up a gully but then found themselves on a ledge system they could not escape. They were spotted through binos from Oggie Base and 22 Squadron were asked to attend due to the location. They were winched aboard the helicopter and dropped off at Oggie Base.
71 23 Aug 2014 21:20
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24 Aug 2014 04:30

Eastern Traverse, Tryfan

2 people: Hill walking and camping

17 members attended
incident photo A young couple with full camping equipment became stuck on the Eastern Traverse after setting off late in the day and being overtaken by darkness. Although they had torches, sleeping bags and tent the female was distressed and would not consider waiting for first light to re-evaluate their position. A small hill party walked up to them and then escorted them back to the road via Western Gully.
70 23 Aug 2014 20:15
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24 Aug 2014 02:30

West Face Tryfan

2 people: Hill walking

11 members attended
A couple of inexperienced walkers set off up the North Ridge very late in the afternoon intending to walk the Bochlwyd Horseshoe. Whilst ascending the North Ridge of Tryfan they realised that they were running out of daylight so took a direct route towards Llyn Bochlwyd. Unfortunately this took them onto the steep ground of the West Face where they lost confidence and rang for help. A small hill party located them and walked them off the mountain.
69 23 Aug 2014 14:00
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24 Aug 2014 02:30

Llangollen area

1 person: Cave exploration

17 members attended
The challenging rescue and recovery of the body of a cave diver from a disused mine near Llangollen was led by the NEWSAR (North East Wales Search and Rescue) and the NWCRO (North Wales Cave Rescue Organisation) Teams. As part of a regional response to this serious incident, OVMRO provided some support for the operation. The incident also required specialist cave divers from the Cave Rescue Organisation based in North Yorkshire, Derbyshire and the Mendips to assist in the recovery
68 20 Aug 2014 18:35
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20 Aug 2014 20:30

Aber Falls

1 person: Walking

22 members attended
incident photo A male walker slipped when crossing a stile close to the base of Aber Falls, injuring his ankle. A passer-by walked down to the carpark to call for an ambulance, and WAST asked Ogwen MRT to also attend due to the location. By the time Oggie team members were on scene the paramedic had treated the casualty and persuaded him to walk the short distance to the RRV. He was taken to hospital and team members returned to base.
67 19 Aug 2014 19:20
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19 Aug 2014 20:30

Crimpiau

3 people: Walking

4 members attended
Three males (including two children) reported themselves lost above Tal y Waun, in the Crimpiau area. They had no idea of their location and had no equipment with them. Due to the low risk of that area, the Team Leader encouraged them to keep walking downhill. Within a few minutes they rang to say they could now see Tal y Waun again and were safe.
66 13 Aug 2014 13:20
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13 Aug 2014 15:00

Moel Siabod

1 person: Hill walking

12 members attended
The team were asked to assist a lady having a panic attack close to the summit of Moel Siabod. As she and her partner were in cloud there was no possibility of a helicopter reaching them so they were told to wait for a hill party to arrive who were just making their way back to Oggie Base after the previous incident. Shortly afterwards the casualty party reported they were making steady progress back down towards the road so the Team stood down.
65 13 Aug 2014 11:00
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13 Aug 2014 14:00

Afon Ddu gorge

1 person: Gorge walking

12 members attended
A 17 year old girl, on an activity holiday, slipped and sustained a suspected subluxed patella whilst gorge walking in the Afon Ddu. The team were deployed to assist WAST paramedics who treated the girl on scene. She was given pain relief, her leg was splinted and then she was evacuated out of the gorge on a stretcher and taken to the ambulance.
64 7 Aug 2014 15:10
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7 Aug 2014 16:40

Bristy Ridge

2 people: Scrambling

14 members attended
A couple of walkers had completed an ascent of Tryfan and then decided to follow a guide book route up Bristly Ridge. They started to climb up a gully but soon found it was too steep for them to continue but they could not climb back down either. They rang for help and also blew their whistle which attracted a walker close-by who also contacted NWP. Due to their precarious position 22 Squadron were tasked whilst a back-up hill party assembled at Oggie Base. The couple were winched aboard and dropped off at Oggie Base safe and well.
63 6 Aug 2014 14:00
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6 Aug 2014 16:50

Llyn Idwal

1 person: Hill walking

12 members attended
incident photo A female walker, in a group of family and friends, slipped on the path on the East side of llyn Idwal and injured her ankle. A small hill party were quickly on scene, treated the injury and she was evacuated to hospital by 22 squadron who were already in the area due to a previous incident.
62 5 Aug 2014 13:40
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5 Aug 2014 15:40

Glyder Fawr cliff

1 person: Welsh 3000s

15 members attended
A solo male walker, attempting the Welsh 3000s, became disoriented in cloud and mistakenly started to descend a gully on the main cliff of Glyder Fawr. After a couple of minor falls he realised he was off route and in a dangerous position and requested help. A small hill party were deployed and 22 squadron were tasked due to the high location and dangerous terrain. He was winched aboard the helicopter and dropped off at Oggie Base.
61 4 Aug 2014 12:45
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4 Aug 2014 15:30

Crympiau

1 person: Hill walking

9 members attended
A female walker slipped and injured her ankle whilst on a walk in the Crimpiau, near to Capel Curig. A small hill party were deployed to administer first aid and then a helicopter from 22 Squadron winched her aboard for a short flight to hospital.
60 3 Aug 2014 14:20
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3 Aug 2014 18:10

West face, Tryfan

4 people: Hill walking

14 members attended
A party of four friends attempted an ascent of Tryfan as their second ever mountain route. After reading about the route on a website, they managed to get completely disorientated ending up on very steep ground, way beyond their cababilities and confidence . Their lack of either a map or compass did not help their plight. However Sarloc provided a very accurate fix on their location, which was confirmed by visual observation. Two hill parties approached them from above and below and assisted them safely from the mountain. Once back at base they were given advice on where to get further training.
59 2 Aug 2014 17:30
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2 Aug 2014 20:00

Tryfan / Glyderau

4 people: Oggie 8 challenge event

16 members attended
Two separate incidents were reported during the Oggie 8 event. A male dislocated his shoulder on the South Ridge of Tryfan but managed to re-locate it and was happy to walk slowly off unaided. Another group of three missed the Glyder Fach checkpoint and were reported as overdue. Team members drove round to the Pen y Gwryd and spotted them descending the Miner's track. They were wet but otherwise fine and happily accepted a ride back to Oggie Base in a team vehicle.
58 30 Jul 2014 20:40
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31 Jul 2014 22:40

Betws y Coed

1 person: NWP support

3 members attended
North Wales Police were contacted by a man's family to ask if an urgent message about a serious family illness could be given to him. He was staying at a private hut in the forest above Betws which was not accessible to NWP so they asked MRT to convey the message. Ogwen MRT members travelled to the Hut and passed the message to the man.
57 27 Jul 2014 17:15
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27 Jul 2014 22:15

Glyder Fawr

2 people: Hill walking

12 members attended
A couple lost their way near the summit of Glyder Fawr on a walk from Nant Peris to Ogwen as part of a 3-day 15 Peaks challenge. They had got as far as Glyder Fach but then decided to retrace their steps as they could not find the path down. They were advised to return to the summit of Glyder Fawr and wait for team members to reach them. A small hill party located them and brought them off the mountain.
56 25 Jul 2014 20:55
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25 Jul 2014 22:10

Tryfan

1 person: Hill walking

7 members attended
A group of friends walked to the road to report that their friend was stuck on a crag on Tryfan. As they had been out of contact with him for over 4 hrs, and as their knowledge of the mountain was poor and they were not carrying maps or compasses it made establishing his exact location difficult. Whilst the team were preparing for a search, other members of the group had located him and were walking him back off the mountain. No team members were deployed.
55 16 Jul 2014 13:40
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16 Jul 2014 17:25

Tal y Bont, Conwy Valley

1 person: Missing person search

18 members attended
The team were asked to assist with a search for a missing male. The missing person left a vehicle in Tal-Y-Bont early in the morning and there was reasonable concern for his safety. A search response was started and supplemented by friends and colleagues. Eventually, the missing person made contact with his family but now reported he was lost. He was soon located about 800m away and taken to the ambulance by an NWP dog handler. The search planning process was just starting when he was located but no Ogwen team members had been deployed.
54 14 Jul 2014 17:35
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14 Jul 2014 21:00

Cwm Tryfan

1 person: D of E expedition

27 members attended
incident photo A 17 year old girl slipped and tumbled a considerable distance down steep ground at the back of Cwm Tryfan whilst on a well organised expedition. Other members of her group managed to climb down to her and she appeared to only have minor injuries but they quite rightly decided to activate their SOS alarm system and also managed to report the accident to NWP. As there were team members already at base from the previous incident, a hasty team with first aid equipment was deployed immediately to the casualty site, soon followed by a large stretcher party. Initially the group were in thick cloud so helicopter extraction was not possible, however as the weather improved and the girl was ready in the stretcher to start evacuation 22 Squadron were asked to assist. They were able to fly in for a quick winch and flight to hospital. The remaining members of the group were located and brought down to Oggie Base to meet up with their leaders. Credit must be given to the group of 17 year olds who all acted in an appropriate manner, and followed their emergency protocols to ensure the safety of their friend.
53 14 Jul 2014 15:25
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14 Jul 2014 18:00

Milestone Buttress area

1 person: Hill walking

21 members attended
A female walker, who was exploring the flanks of Tryfan as part of her Geology degree, became lost in cloud and poor visibility before becoming stuck above the Milestone Buttress on steep ground. Unfortunately, the initial information about her possible location was poor and no phone contact could be made with her. However, troops were deployed into the high probability area and soon found her and she was walked back to Oggie Base.
52 29 Jun 2014 16:00
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29 Jun 2014 17:20

Grooved Arete. Tryfan

2 people: Rock climbing

10 members attended
incident photo Two male climbers (father and son)became stuck on a ledge on Grooved Arete when they could no longer climb up and were not confident to abseil off. A small hill party set off from Oggie Base but 22 Squadron were also available and were able to snatch the climbers and drop them at Oggie Base.
51 27 Jun 2014 19:45
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28 Jun 2014 21:30

Llandudno

1 person: Search for missing person

1 member attended
A search was carried out for a high risk missing person in the area of the Great Orme. Information was limited so only the NWP helicopter and a tracking dog were used initially with one team members assisting with the search planning. The dog tracked to a wall above a significant cliff, however no trace of the missing person was found.
50 24 Jun 2014 17:30
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25 Jun 2014 01:30

Glyder Fach face

2 people: Hill walking

15 members attended
incident photo Two male walkers plus their dogs made a navigational area in mist on the summit area of Glyder Fach, which resulted in them descending East Gully until their progress was stopped by a 4m vertical drop. One of the dogs was stuck on a ledge and they could not retrace their steps back up the gully. A hasty party set out to locate and secure them and a request for 22 Squadron was made, however the helicopter was not available. A large group of RAF Valley MRT members arrived to assist and with a joint effort, and a lot of dog biscuits, the men and their dogs were taken back up the gully to the summit. The practicality of lowering a large unhappy Rotweiller down the cliff was too complicated! There followed a slow descent down Cwm Tryfan to Oggie Base for a debrief.
49 22 Jun 2014 05:10
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22 Jun 2014 08:00

Carnedd Llewelyn

1 person: Hill walking

15 members attended
incident photo A female walker, who was with a large group on a Summer Solstice walk, tripped over a boulder in the area of the Foel Grach refuge. Her subsequent fall resulted in a very painful shoulder injury but she managed to continue as far as the summit of Carnedd Llewelyn before her party decided that extra help was needed. A hasty hill party set off and 22 Squadron were tasked, both arriving on scene at the same time. The lady was winched aboard the helicopter for transfer to the local hospital.
48 20 Jun 2014 12:25
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20 Jun 2014 15:25

Pen yr Ole Wen

2 people: Hill walking

13 members attended
Two males had tried to walk up the ridge from Ogwen towards the summit of Pen yr Ole Wen, but soon lost the path. They found themselves on steep ground where one of the pair had a panic attack and would not move up or down. A team leader spoke to the informant and persuaded them to try and return to the main path which was a short distance away according to their position determined by SARLOC. They started heading directly down, rather than following the exact instructions, but eventually made their way across to the main path again. Team members were deployed at the road to try to spot them and ensure their descent route was safe. Members also walked up to meet them to ensure they were OK. Team members reached the party just above the road, from where they returned to Oggie Base for a debrief
47 19 Jun 2014 13:20
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19 Jun 2014 15:00

Carnedd Llewelyn

1 person: Hill walking

15 members attended
The 77 year old male casualty walked from Rowen with the intention of camping on the Carneddau overnight, however the wind increased and damaged his tent during the night. He then left the tent to seek some shelter and tripped in boulders in the dark injuring his chest and head. Becoming disorientated, he tried to call 999 but there was no battery left on his phone. Around midday, a passing walker came across the casualty who was in need of help to get off the mountain. Given the age of the casualty, the reported injuries and the elapsed time, it was agreed with the ARCC that the best response was R122 with RAF MRS onboard. OVMRO were called out to support the operation. The RAF flew to the scene and recovered the casualty and flew him to YG for treatment.
46 19 Jun 2014 02:15
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19 Jun 2014 04:10

Afon Caseg

5 people: 14 Peaks

4 members attended
A group of 5 male walkers attempting the 14 Peaks descended by the side of the Afon Caseg towards Bethesda. Two of them had sustained minor leg injuries and were unsure whether they could continue. With reassurance from a Team Leader that they were close to a track and only 1 km from the village they agreed to keep moving. They were collected from the road head and driven the short distance to their bunkhouse. A good effort.
45 17 Jun 2014 23:10
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18 Jun 2014 00:15

Gwydir Forest

2 people: Walking

3 members attended
A couple followed a waymarked trail from Betws y Coed into the Gwydir Forest for an evening walk. Unfortunately they misjudged how long it would take to complete and so became stuck without torches, however their description of their location made finding them very easy. (The three oak pillars on the sculpture trail). A team member drove up to them and then returned them to their hotel in Betws y Coed.
44 15 Jun 2014 15:35
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15 Jun 2014 17:29

Cwm Bochlwyd

1 person: Hill walking

18 members attended
incident photo A male walker slipped on the descent to Llyn Bochlwyd and sustained a painful foot injury which meant he could not continue. Several hill parties were deployed and 22 Squadron were diverted from an incident on Snowdon to assist. Team members and the winch man splinted the leg and then he was evacuated by aircraft to the local hospital.
43 31 May 2014 12:30
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31 May 2014 15:30

Amphitheatre Gully

1 person: Scrambling

22 members attended
incident photo An experienced, suitably equipped solo male was following a guide book Grade 2 scramble route in Amphitheatre Gully but mistakenly strayed onto a steep ledge system. He became trapped on a very small ledge with no room to do anything but stand and wait for assistance. Luckily he had a mobile phone signal. A large hill party were deployed to the top of the gully whilst other Team members walked in from Cwm Eigiau. 22 Squadron had been requested but were operational elsewhere. As the hill parties were setting up the required rope systems the helicopter became available and was able to put the winchman out on the full length of cable. This allowed him to reach the casualty and delicately remove him from his precarious stance. The casualty and team members were flown back to Oggie Base.
42 28 May 2014 13:35
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28 May 2014 15:00

Aber Falls

Dog walking

8 members attended
A dog fell down steep ground beside Aber Falls whilst chasing a rabbit and ended up on a ledge. A passer-by ran down to Aber village to call for help and a NWP helicopter went to investigate and to ensure safety of the dog's owners. Team members arrived on scene just after the dog had decided to jump and tumble the rest of the way down the cliff. Luckily it only sustained cuts and scrapes to its paws and a team member could drive it back down to the carpark with its owner.
41 24 May 2014 19:05
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24 May 2014 21:30

Brag Gully, Tryfan

1 person: Hill walking

23 members attended
incident photo A male walker had a tumbling fall of about 15m from the lower end of Y Gully and into Brag Rock Gully, witnessed by his two friends. He was unconscious for a short period of time and had sustained multiple injuries. The informant had to run down to the A5 to get a phone signal and asked for an ambulance; the team received a call to assist the ambulance crew a short time afterwards. The ambulance crew and informant had meanwhile started to climb up to the casualty, soon joined by a team leader. A back-up stretcher party was also deployed and 22 Squadron requested when it became clear that the casualty was on very steep ground high up on the mountain. The helicopter was able to winch at the scene and flew the casualty to hospital for further assessment, whilst the Team assisted the rest of the party back to the road.
40 17 May 2014 13:55
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17 May 2014 18:55

V Cleft Tryfan

2 people: Scrambling

12 members attended
Two poorly prepared males parked on the A5 and walked up below the west face of Tryfan. One of the party wanted to climb up an 'Iconic' cleft on this face. Without reference to any guidebooks and with no climbing experience they started to ascend V cleft. Eventually one got to the top but the second could not proceed. Due to the lack of any map compass whistle etc they had no way of reporting their position or attracting attention. After a period of spotting from the A5 and from the hill, the pair were located and then one was lowered off, the other walked off.
39 17 May 2014 12:45
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17 May 2014 18:00

Amphitheatre Buttress

1 person: Rock climbing

17 members attended
incident photo A female climber was scrambling up the first section of cliff unroped when she slipped and took a tumbling fall of approx 15m to the base of the crag. She suffered no major injuries but was shaken, battered and bruised. Another party on the hill phoned it in and then continued climbing.The aircraft from Valley was requested due to the potential seriousness of the fall and OVMRO team members were standing by at Oggi base LZ, available to assist for spinal lifts etc. Initially the team doctor and one other were lifted in, then it became clear a stretcher lower would be required to get to a good winching site. 4 more team members were lifted in with ropes etc for this. The lower was completed and the cas evacuated to hospital by R122, while team members walked out of Cwm Eigiau to waiting transport.
38 16 May 2014 15:55
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16 May 2014 17:30

Devil's Kitchen

1 person: Missing person

14 members attended
A father lost his daughter on the descent path from Llyn y Cwn to Idwal. He asked other walkers passing by whether they had seen her but no-one had. There was a concern that she may have strayed onto the steep cliffs below the path so a hasty team plus Police Officer were deployed and the NWP helicopter was requested for an aerial search. Shortly afterwards she was located close to Llyn Idwal and the pair were reunited. It remains a mystery as to how she passed him on a relatively narrow path in perfect visibility. Good intent and good outcome.
37 10 May 2014 14:30
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10 May 2014 17:00

Watkin Path, Snowdon

1 person: Search

19 members attended
Team members were asked to assist in the search for a missing walker in the area of the Watkin Path on Snowdon. Two vehicles and 8 members were deployed to Peris Base for a briefing but the person was located and was able to walk so Oggie troops were stood down. One team vehicle was used to recover Llanberis members and return them to Peris Base.
36 27 Apr 2014 19:00
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27 Apr 2014 22:00

Gwydyr Forest

1 person: Walking

17 members attended
The casualty was walking in the woods alone when he said he felt dizzy and fell over. He claimed back and knee / lower leg injury. He was unable to walk so was packed on to a stretcher and carried to the road head where he was handed over to the WAS ambulance crew.
35 25 Apr 2014 19:30
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25 Apr 2014 20:15

Cwm Llugwy

1 person: Hill walking

5 members attended
A large group of friends were descending in to Cwm Llugwy from the Bwlch when a male slipped and twisted his ankle. His friends managed to assist him as far as the lake and then asked for help. A Team vehicle and three team members went to the top of Mac's Highway, helped him to the vehicle and took him back to the road for onward transport to hospital.
34 25 Apr 2014 14:00
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25 Apr 2014 20:30

West Face Tryfan

2 people: Hill walking

19 members attended
incident photo The relatively unprepared group of 2 people with a dog were descending the North Ridge of Tryfan and lost the path resulting in them becoming stuck in a gully unable to go up or down. Due to the difficult ground and steep-sided location, the evacution required a technical rescue response. This area of Tryfan is increasingly attracting walkers descending from the Cannon Rock, however there is no safe descent and MRT assistance is needed to extricate stuck people.
33 23 Apr 2014 15:00
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23 Apr 2014 21:00

Glyder Fach

7 people: Hill walking

17 members attended
A group of 7 friends lost the path between Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach when the cloud thickened. They rang for help, were located by SARLOC and encouraged to start walking towards Llyn Caseg Ffraith which they could then see as the cloud lifted. However, once there they were reluctant to make any further progress without the assistance of the Team so two team members walked up to them and slowly evacuated them in to Cwm Tryfan.
32 17 Apr 2014 19:30
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18 Apr 2014 00:20

Pen yr Ole Wen

2 people: Hill walking

10 members attended
A pair of walkers had traversed the Carneddau from Drum before becoming lost in thick cloud and fading light on the descent from Carnedd Dafydd. Unfortunately their only torch had also failed. With the use of SARLOC their position was determined to be just south of the summit of Pen yr Ole Wen. A small hill party was deployed, the walkers were located and walked back to the road.
31 15 Apr 2014 21:00
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15 Apr 2014 22:30

Pen yr Ole Wen

2 people: Hill walking

7 members attended
A pair of walkers had traversed the Carneddau from Aber before becoming lost on the descent from the summit of Pen yr Ole Wen. A small hill party were at Oggie Base ready to be deployed but luckily 22 Squadron were training over the Menai Straits so located and extracted the walkers and dropped them off at Base for a debrief.
30 8 Apr 2014 13:00
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8 Apr 2014 14:00

Glyder Fawr

1 person: Hill walking

10 members attended
A male walker tripped on the summit area of Glyder Fawr and sustained head lacerations. A passer by called 999 because he was concerned about the amount of blood loss. Although the casualty was happy to walk off the mountain a helicopter from 22 Squadron had already been tasked by NWP. Team members gathered at Oggie Base to support the heli operation but were not deployed. The casualty was flown to hospital for treatment.
29 7 Apr 2014 16:55
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7 Apr 2014 20:50

Introductory Gully, Idwal Slabs

3 people: Hill walking

28 members attended
incident photo A group of 3 people were walking the Glyders with the intention of descending the Devils Kitchen. They descended into a gully and eventually became unable to continue up or down and so called for help. The MRT were dispatched and used technical rescue techniques to recover the group from Introductory Gully area by the side of Idwal Slabs. This well-motivated and ethusiastic group made a navigational error whilst in cloud and then strayed into steep and technical ground at the side of the Idwal Slabs.
28 5 Apr 2014 16:45
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5 Apr 2014 18:40

Cwm Tryfan

1 person: Hill walking

28 members attended
The casualty slipped on bracken whilst descending the East Face of Tryfan and banged his leg. He was in pain and unable to walk back to the road so phoned for assistance. A large number of team members were involved in the previous incident, so some of these were asked to return to base in case a carry off was required. Speaking to the casualty gave the impression he might be able to walk down with assistance, so a casualty care party was dispatched. They administered pain relief and assited the casualty in his descent to the road
27 5 Apr 2014 16:10
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5 Apr 2014 18:30

Bochlwyd Buttress area

1 person: Hill walking

28 members attended
incident photo A male walker slipped on wet grass on the walk off the Bochlwyd Buttress area and sustained an ankle injury. He was able to continue walking but then put his foot down a hole, injuring it further. He was now unable to walk so called for help. Due to a training event a large number of members were present at base, so a hasty first aid party was sent to the casualty, being backed up with a stretcher party. The casualty was packaged and carried back to the road, from where his friends transported him to hospital.
26 29 Mar 2014 15:30
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29 Mar 2014 17:20

Devil's Kitchen

1 person: Hill walking

15 members attended
Cas was walking down towards the Kitchen and slipped on mud and twisted ankle. An Oggie Team Leader was in the vicinity and commenced the rescue. Request was put in for 22 Sqn to support and was able to lift the cas straight to hospital. Team members at base ready to send on hill but not needed
25 26 Mar 2014 07:45
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26 Mar 2014 14:15

Benllech

1 person: Missing person search

4 members attended
Following a significant domestic dispute, a male left home address on Anglesey and drove to Benllech beach abandoning his car. Due to concerns for his safety, a search was started. Given the circumstances, it was agreed that MRT would only provide advice on search parameters and search management. During the day, SARDA were called and deployed to the scene and assisted the Police in marking search areas etc. The missing person was subsequently discovered hiding in the area and was detained by North Wales Police
24 25 Mar 2014 18:50
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25 Mar 2014 19:25

Bangor

1 person: Missing person search

1 member attended
The missing person wandered away from a shop and was later seen moving through gardens and attempting to enter houses etc. Given the onset of darkness and concerns for the safety of the missing person, North Wales Police and their PolSA requested support from MRT in the search planning role to supplement the urban searching being done by Police Officers. As the Search Managers were mobilising, we were informed that the missing person had been located entering a flat some distance uphill from the initial planning point. It seems that he had struggled through gardens and undergrowth whilst going uphill.
23 19 Mar 2014 14:00
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19 Mar 2014 17:40

Moel Siabod

2 people: Hill walking

19 members attended
A couple had set off in the morning to climb Moel Siabod via a scramble having looked at a general weather forecast and using their Smart phone to navigate. The mountain forecast (which they had not seen) was for 70mph winds in the afternoon. Just after lunch time they found the winds too srong to be able to move and lost confidence, took shelter, and phoned for assistance. A trainee team leader attempted to talk them in to ascending a short way to the NE ridge of Moel Siabod which they could then descend to meet a hill party that was going to collect them with confidence ropes and additional warm clothing. They were able to get to the ridge, but rather than following this down they headed towards Plas y Brenin, thus missing the hill party. A further telephone conversation indicated they had reached the forest so the hill party returned to Capel Curig to find them getting in to their car ready to go to the pub! Although they only had a mobile phone for navigation, this was not the cause of the callout. Their main mistake was not looking at a mountain forecast.
22 16 Mar 2014 17:35
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17 Mar 2014 00:20

Devils' Kitchen

2 people: Hill walking

18 members attended
A pair of walkers were walking Tryfan and the Glyders but when passing Castle of the Winds in cloud they became lost and went down towards Cwm Ffynnon and realised that they were heading in the wrong direction. They then went back uphill and were unable to determine their location and so called for assistance. SARLOC did not work possibly due to poor phone signal strength at the lost person location and so a number of MRT parties were sent to try to locate the group. After some further questioning, the location was identified as near the top of Col Gully. Team Members subsequently located the group and escorted them off the hill to safety down the Col Gully to Bochlwyd.
21 15 Mar 2014 21:50
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15 Mar 2014 22:50

Llandudno

1 person: Search. Missing from home

2 members attended
A missing person left his home address having possibly taken an overdose. He was seen at a number of locations near his home address but then went missing. A rapid intensive search effort was implemented by NWP officers and NPAS 24. NWMRA Search Advisors were asked to provide guidance on search parameters. An outline plan was built and communicated to NWP JCC. The missing person was then located by NWP officers and the incident closed.
20 15 Mar 2014 16:00
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15 Mar 2014 16:30

Tryfan

2 people: Hill walking

16 members attended
The group (father and 13 year old son) were descending the North Ridge in intermittent cloud and became stuck in a gully and then called 999 for help. Whilst the rescue was being organised, the group were assisted to easy ground by a passing party and then descended the mountain. No MRT were deployed on the hill.
19 10 Mar 2014 14:00
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10 Mar 2014 17:40

Tryfan

1 person: Hill walking

3 members attended
Two male walkers became separated on their ascent of the North Ridge of Tryfan. One returned to the road and became concerned for the safety of his friend as time passed. He called for advice and the duty Team Leader suggested waiting a while longer as the weather was good and his friend may have continued on the route. The two friends were reunited later in the afternoon when it transpired that the 'lost' friend was convinced that his friend was already ahead of him on the mountain so had kept to their intended route.
18 9 Mar 2014 14:10
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9 Mar 2014 16:15

Penmacho MB trail

1 person: Mountain biking

16 members attended
A male fell off his bike into a stream and suffered a significant arm injury whilst riding the Penmachno Mountain Bike trail. A small party of OVMRO team members could drive the team vehicle to the location and carried out the initial first aid. An ambulance was requested but the Air Ambulance arrived instead as they were already in the vicinity. The casualty was flown to hospital for further treatment.
17 9 Mar 2014 12:00
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9 Mar 2014 14:00

Pen yr Helgi Du

1 person: Mountain walking

18 members attended
A group of experienced walkers had climbed to the summit of Pen yr Helgi Du and were descending to Bwlch Eryl Farchog when one of the walkers slipped on a greasy rock and fell a considerable distance, sustaining serious injuries. Whilst two of the group administered first aid the others rang for help. Both OVMRO and 22 Squadron immediately responded and a helicopter arrived at the casualty site within 25 minutes. The injured walker was winched aboard but sadly passed away before reaching the hospital. OVMRO team members met up with the other walkers and brought them back to Oggie Base.
16 1 Mar 2014 20:00
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1 Mar 2014 22:50

Pen yr Ole Wen

2 people: Stuck in snow

12 members attended
Two walkers got into difficulties when they could not descend from Carnedd Llewelyn due to the snow and ice conditions (they did not have ice axes or crampons). They retraced their route to Pen Yr Ole Wen, meeting up with another group of four on the way. They struggled to descend the east ridge in the dark and the female walker then started to complain of knee pain. A large hill party of Oggie members and RAF MRT members went to their assistance and carried the female off the hill on a stretcher to speed up the evacuation.
15 1 Mar 2014 17:55
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1 Mar 2014 22:00

Green Gully, Tryfan

5 people: Rock climbing

14 members attended
A University group of five climbers ran into difficulties on the upper section of Grooved Arete when the lead climber became exhausted and reluctant to move. On advice from the Ogwen Team Leader they started to abseil down Green Gully but quickly managed to jam one pair of ropes so were left to abseil five people with just two ropes. A hasty team of Ogwen members backed up by an RAF MRT team with ropes and stretcher made their way to the Heather Terrace to meet up with the climbers. They were then able to walk them slowly back to Oggie Base.
14 21 Feb 2014 23:10
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21 Feb 2014 23:40

Betws y Coed

1 person: Medical problem

7 members attended
The Ambulance Service requested assistance with the evacuation of a male who was fitting in a cottage in the forestry above Betws. Before the Team deployed the situation changed and our assistance was no longer needed.
13 16 Feb 2014 16:35
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16 Feb 2014 18:20

Llyn Y Cwn

1 person: Hill walking

21 members attended
An informant stated that a male walker had fallen approx 150 feet down a snow slope and sustained chest injuries, causing him difficulty with breathing. He had also hit his head and sustained a leg injury during the fall. He was being kept warm in a survival bag, and was stable. The casualty had (apparently) been up Glyder Fawr with a camera but no ice axe or crampons, and slipped between Llyn y Cwn and the Devil's Kitchen. He was a solo walker. Because of the nature of the injuries 22 Sqdn was requested, and were able to assist. An advanced cas care party was sent to the scene, whilst stretcher parties got ready on the LZ and for a walk-in. Fortunately R122 were able to drop their winchman on scene, and then lifted the casualty to hospital. The informant's party walked back down on their own.
12 16 Feb 2014 12:50
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16 Feb 2014 15:00

West Face Tryfan

1 person: Hill walking

24 members attended
incident photo The Casualty was descending from the North Ridge of Tryfan and went down the steep false gully and then fell about 15m down the rock section landing in a wet streambed. He was significantly injured but made the 999 call. Given the nature of the location and injuries, the support of the RAF helicopter was requested and granted. The helicopter winchman was lowered to the site and needed MRT support to help with the treatment and loading of the casualty. Following the loading of the stretcher, the helicopter returned to the scene and recovered the winchman and casualty using an exceptionally long winch requiring two highlines connected together; an exceptionally skillful evacuation from a difficult location.
11 15 Feb 2014 18:45
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15 Feb 2014 20:00

Llandudno Junction area

1 person: Horse riding

15 members attended
The casualty was thrown from her horse over a wall and into a field sustaining injuries that required a stretcher evacuation, on difficult slippery ground, to an ambulance. Team members quickly attended the scene and used a lightweight stretcher to move the casualty about 50m down the field to the waiting ambulance. To assist with the carry, support from the Llandudno Coastguard Team was requested but not subsequently required.
10 12 Feb 2014 21:30
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12 Feb 2014 23:00

Glan Conwy

4 people: Weather response

5 members attended
incident photo A family were staying in an isolated house when all power and heating was lost in the storms afffecting North Wales. They were concerned for the well being of the 12 week old baby and so tried to leave the house for another location however fallen trees were blocking their routes out. Given that the 999 services and councils were fully stretched across the region, the Team were called to assess if we could assist the family to safety. A limited response of local Team members attended in difficult weather and road conditions to the area and cleared away the bushy trees blocking the exit enabling the family to help themselves to a safer location. Due to the severe storms, a Multi-Agency Silver Command was called by North Wales Police. Team Leaders from Ogwen Valley MRO and Llanberis MRT represented the region and worked closely with our partner agencies supporting the community in North Wales during this major storm event.
9 7 Feb 2014 13:15
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7 Feb 2014 15:15

Cwm Idwal

1 person: Hill walking

13 members attended
incident photo An experienced, well equipped male walker slipped on the descent from Y Gribin to Llyn Idwal and injured his ankle. He was unable to walk so his friend called for assistance. A small hill party deployed and 22 Squadron were also tasked due to the cold conditions and time of day. A joint effort enabled him to be flown to hospital whilst his friend walked off the hill with the team members.
8 3 Feb 2014 13:50
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3 Feb 2014 17:40

Milestone area of West face Tryfan

1 person: Hill walking

18 members attended
A solo male walker went astray descending the North Ridge of Tryfan and slipped approx 50 feet down a gully on the West Face. He injured his leg and was unable to move, but luckily had a phone signal to call for help. 22 squadron were busy with another incident initially so a small hill party supported by a party of RAF Valley MRT members located the walker, treated his injuries and prepared him for evacuation. At this point 22 Squadron were able to winch him aboard for a short flight to hospital.
7 29 Jan 2014 18:20
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30 Jan 2014 03:00

West Face Tryfan

3 people: Hill walking

20 members attended
Three walkers had set off at lunchtime to climb the North Ridge of Tryfan but had not appreciated that winter conditions on the mountain lay ahead. This slowed their progress and so they decided to retreat down the West Face as the light began to fade. They ended up stuck on broken ground above Y Gully and rang for help. Due to very poor visibility in thick cloud, and the dangerous icy ground conditions it was a long time before the hill parties could reach them. They were roped back to the ridge and then walked back to Oggie Base with team members.
6 25 Jan 2014 16:15
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25 Jan 2014 20:30

North Ridge Tryfan

1 person: Hill walking

15 members attended
One man and his dog lost their way down the North Ridge. In poor weather conditions he had become disoriented and exhausted so rang for assistance as the light faded. Communication was difficult due to a poor phone signal but a spotter on the A5 did manage to see his torch for a short time and was then able to guide a small hill party to his location. Aircraft support had been requested but due to atrocious flying conditions it was decided to cancel the request once the casualty had been found. He was able to walk back to Oggie Base with the team members for food and a warm-up. The dog also enjoyed a good meal!
5 25 Jan 2014 14:10
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25 Jan 2014 18:00

Carnedd Llewelyn

3 people: Hill walking

5 members attended
A party of three walkers became disoriented in low cloud on the summit area of Carnedd Llewelyn. With the use of SARLOC the Team Leader was able to give them their position, 500m North Eat of the summit, and encouraged them to walk back to the summit. He then provided directions for them to follow and checked their progress with them at regular intervals. On reaching the road they were brought to Oggie Base for tea and a debrief.
4 20 Jan 2014 23:55
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21 Jan 2014 00:35

Llanllechid

Report of shouts

2 members attended
There was a report of flashing lights and shouts for help from the hillside above Llanllechid. After careful questioning of the informant by an Ogwen Team leader, NWP were asked to carry out some further investigations. No action was taken as there were no further reports of lights/shouts and no missing person reports had been filed.
3 19 Jan 2014 12:55
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19 Jan 2014 18:30

Y Garn

Dog recovery

13 members attended
incident photo A group of walkers discovered a small dog stuck on a ledge on the cliffs above Cwm Cywion. They could not reach the dog and were concerned that the owner may have fallen. NWP deployed their helicopter to search the area and a small hill party set out to recover the dog. No evidence of the owner was found and the ground was too dangerous to recover the dog in the failing light so the hill party returned to Base. A helicopter from 22 Squadron, training in the area, also searched the area for a possible fallen walker but found nothing. The following day a small hill party went back to the scene with more equipment and managed to recover the dog which was unhurt, and it was taken to a local vet practice to be checked out. It would appear that the dog had been on the hill for several days after running away from its owner who was tending his sheep.
2 3 Jan 2014 05:00
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3 Jan 2014 15:00

North Wales

Flood response

8 members attended
incident photo A water team from OVMRO were deployed into the south Gwynedd area to help with the flood response. Team Leaders were present in the Multi-Agency Silver Control at Police Headquarters helping to coordinate the flood response across the North Wales region. Mutual aid support was provided to OVMRO by Llanberis MRT for the duration of the flooding response.
1 1 Jan 2014 16:45
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1 Jan 2014 17:05

Cwm Idwal

1 person: Hill walking

4 members attended
A walker reported his son overdue from a day on the Glyderau. He had thought his son was ahead of him descending the Devil's Kitchen but there was no sign of him at the carpark. His concern was that his son may have injured himself on the descent. Luckily his son arrived at the carpark whilst initial information was being obtained, so no team members were deployed.

There have been 73 incidents involving 119 people so far this year.


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