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OVMRO Incidents

No. Details Description
38 4 May 2015 10:45
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4 May 2015 14:00

Llyn y Foel, Moel Siabod

1 person: Hill walking

19 members attended
incident photo The couple were descending Moel Siabod close to Llyn y Foel when the male slipped on a rock and twisted his knee. There was immediate swelling and he was unable to walk. Team members were deployed to the scene to treat the casualty and assess his mobility. Although he tried to walk when his leg had been splinted it soon became obvious that a stretcher carry or helicopter was needed. Luckily 22 Squadron were already close by so were diverted to this incident and recovered the casualty for a short flight to hospital. Team members walked down with his partner.
37 2 May 2015 14:30
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2 May 2015 18:15

Pen yr Ole Wen

1 person: Hill walking

21 members attended
incident photo A party of 9 friends were descending from the top of Pen yr Ole Wen to Ogwen Cottage but the weather slowly deteriorated into blizzard conditions causing them to lose their way. They strayed onto the Braich Ty Du face and one of them started to feel the effects of exposure and was unable to continue down the very steep ground. Three of his friends continued to the road and alerted the attention of the MR vehicle returning from the previous incident. Several hill parties made their way to the scene and 22 Squadron were asked to assist due to the dangerous nature of the terrain for a stretcher carry. Expert flying in challenging weather allowed the winchman to snatch the casualty without coming off the wire. The remainder of the group were walked down to the road by the MRT members.
36 2 May 2015 12:40
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2 May 2015 14:45

Moel Faban

7 people: D of E expedition

19 members attended
A group of walkers found a party of 7 Duke of Edinburgh Expedition females cold and wet on the side of Moel Faban. They had no idea where they were and two of them seemed to be suffering the effects of exposure. The walkers kindly put up their tent and got the two worst girls into sleeping bags and then rang for help. Team vehicles managed to get close to scene and team members were with the girls soon after. Although cold the girls were then able to walk back to the vehicles and were taken back to their minibus.
35 2 May 2015 07:40
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2 May 2015 10:00

Llyn Diwaunydd

1 person: Hill walking

19 members attended
incident photo Two male friends had been camping by the side of the lake and had set off uphill to traverse over to Nant Gwynant. One of the men had a pre-existing heart condition and began to have chest pains so sensibly they called for help. The ambulance service, 22 Squadron and Ogwen MRO were all tasked at the same time so all went to scene. 22 Squadron were able to reach the scene despite difficult weather conditions and airlifted the casualty to hospital whilst his friend was brought off the mountain by MRT members.
34 25 Apr 2015 16:10
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25 Apr 2015 16:40

Carneddau

10 people: Hill walking

5 members attended
There was a report of an overdue party of 10 males who had been traversing the Carneddau from Aber to Ogwen as a practice run for the Welsh 1000m race. Contact was made with the party leader but he was unable to give his location. SARLOC was used to locate them about 400m above Oggie Base. No need for action by the team.
33 25 Apr 2015 09:55
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25 Apr 2015 15:15

Glyder Fach summit

1 person: Hill walking

21 members attended
incident photo A well experienced and well equipped party of three males were on a day walk from the Pen y Gwryd across the Glyderau. Unfortunately one man slipped on wet rock just below the Cantilever, put his hand out to stop the fall and dislocated his shoulder. Due to cloud cover on the summits 22Sqn were unable to get to the scene but deployed 12 MRT high up on the mountain. After pain relief and splinting the casualty was prepared to walk down as far as he felt able. He made an amazing effort and walked down to Cwm Tryfan before finally needing the stretcher. 22 Sqn were waiting for a break in the weather to return and evacuate the cas which did not arise until the lip of Cwm Tryfan, but it was gratefully received after a very long and wet stretcher carry. Thanks to Valley MRT who were also in the area and sent members to help with the carry.
32 21 Apr 2015 13:30
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21 Apr 2015 17:10

Llanfairfechan

1 person: Search for missing person

16 members attended
The team were asked to search for a vulnerable female in the Llanfairfechan area. SARDA were also asked to assist. As both teams were assembling at the RV point the stand down message came from NWP. The missing lady had been found safe and transferred to hospital for assessment.
31 15 Apr 2015 17:20
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15 Apr 2015 20:10

Moel Siabod

2 people: Hill walking

11 members attended
A couple went for a walk in the Moel Siabod area with no gear and no knowledge of their route. Not surprisingly they became lost in the dense hill mist that had been forecast. After 6 hours of wandering they called for assistance . They had absolutly no idea of their location but fortunately the team were able to get a Sarloc fix on them thereby saving a large search . A small party was dispatched to their location and they were walked of the hill.
30 14 Apr 2015 15:25
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14 Apr 2015 18:00

Bochlwyd path

1 person: Hill walking

18 members attended
incident photo A female walker slipped on the Bochlwyd path and tumbled about 5m resulting in head and facial injuries. Hasty team on scene before Heli, did primary survey, establishing cas was stable. Heli unable to position overhead, so Winchy and stretcher offloaded 100m below site. TMs assisted winchy to site. Cas loaded onto Stokes but aircraft still unable to hold in the overhead and landed on below again. Stokes caried down to waiting heli and evac'ed to Hospital
29 13 Apr 2015 15:05
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13 Apr 2015 18:55

Glyder Fawr

10 people: Hill walking

4 members attended
A party of ten friends were traversing the Glyders when they became disorientated on the route between Glyder Fawr and Fach. They spent an hour trying to work out their location. Being aware or the dangerous cliffs in the area they called for assistance. After some discussion, advice and monitering they were able to use their own map and compass to get themselves off the hill . Team vehicles were dispatched to bring them back to their cars .
28 9 Apr 2015 16:40
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9 Apr 2015 18:00

Devil's Kitchen

Shouts for help

12 members attended
climber on the Idwal Slabs reported hearing a male voice shouting for help, which he thought came from the Devil's Kitchen area. A team leader went to llyn Idwal to investigate but no-one else had heard the shouts. There was no obvious person in distress to be seen and goats were seen in the approximate area. No further action taken.
27 8 Apr 2015 16:40
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8 Apr 2015 18:00

Tryfan

1 person: Hill walking

4 members attended
A lady was reported missing after the group of 3 people became separated soon after leaving the summit of Tryfan. The trio had limited awareness of the area and minimal equipment. Following the 999 call, some initial investigation was done by MRT visiting the campsite to obtain more information. Following a number of messages, some contradictory possibly due to delays and mis-understandings, the group were eventually re-united and no further action was needed by MRT.
26 4 Apr 2015 20:25
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4 Apr 2015 21:20

Glyderau

1 person: Hill walking

8 members attended
The team had a call from the Idwal YHA warden to say a man was reporting his friend as missing/overdue from a walk on the Glyderau. They had last seen him at Castell Y Gwynt when two of them took the direct route over the castell whilst the missing man decided to find his way below it. They had continued to the road without seeing him again so were now concerned for his welfare. Luckily, as team members were deploying for the 5th incident of the day, the missing man was found just arriving at his car. No further action needed.
25 4 Apr 2015 19:40
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4 Apr 2015 22:15

Bochlwyd path

1 person: Hill walking

11 members attended
incident photo A female walker stepped in a hole close to the outflow of Bochlwyd and injured her ankle. The first report to the Team was several people calling in that a female screaming could be heard a distance above them. A small party was deployed into that area and the casualty was found on the Idwal path being assisted by her partner to move slowly downhill. It was decided that an aircraft was the best option as she was cold and in a lot of pain. 22 squadron evacuated her from the location to hospital for treatment. This was their 10,000 rescue! Congratulations to all at C flight, 22 squadron!
24 4 Apr 2015 17:25
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4 Apr 2015 19:40

North Ridge Tryfan

1 person: Hill walking

12 members attended
incident photo A couple were retreating from the North Ridge as they had decided it was too challenging for the female. They strayed on to a steep heather covered slope and unluckily the female slipped and dislocated her shoulder. Team members and 22 squadron attended the scene and she was flown to hospital for treatment.
23 4 Apr 2015 16:30
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4 Apr 2015 17:30

Pen yr Ole Wen

Dog rescue

5 members attended
Several people reported hearing a dog barking above Llyn Ogwen for more than an hour so a team member went to investigate. He could clearly see the dog stood on a rocky ledge about 100m above the lake. However, when a small hill party went to investigate the dog had disappeared, and no barking could be heard. Hopefully its owner had found it.
22 4 Apr 2015 12:40
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4 Apr 2015 15:30

North Ridge Tryfan

3 people: Scrambling

16 members attended
incident photo A group of 4 friends were scrambling on the lower section of the North Ridge of Tryfan when one of the party took a tumbling fall of about 30ft sustaining multiple injuries. Her fall was stopped by one of her friends who then also fell a distance and knocked over his wife, both sustaining minor injuries. Luckily, a Keswick MRT leader was on scene within minutes and was able to assess the scene and secure the casualties. Team members already on the hill were diverted to the scene and 22 Sqn were tasked. A back-up stretcher party was also deployed.The 2 casualties with minor injuries were flown directly to hospital whilst the third casualty was treated, splinted and prepared for a winch. She was then flown to hospital and the remaining member of the party walked down to the road with the rescue team. Thanks should be given to several members of the public who provided assistance during the rescue.
21 2 Apr 2015 16:20
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2 Apr 2015 20:30

Eastern Traverse, Tryfan

4 people: Hill walking

17 members attended
A family of four requested assistance after straying on to the Eastern Traverse after attempting to climb the North Ridge of Tryfan. They were not confident to continue or to retrace their steps. A hill party located them, roped them down a steep section and then walked them back down to the road.
20 1 Apr 2015 15:10
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1 Apr 2015 17:10

Idwal Path

1 person: Hillwalking

15 members attended
incident photo A female walker slipped on a muddy path descending from Cwm Idwal and sustained a painful ankle injury. A small stretcher party was deployed and the lady was evacuated to an ambulance at the roadside.
19 26 Mar 2015 06:40
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26 Mar 2015 12:40

Y Garn

2 people: Hill walking

11 members attended
incident photo Two male walkers had set off the day before to walk through the Devils'Kitchen, over Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach and then down to their campsite. A late start and a change in weather resulted in them becoming totally disorientated and lost as darkness fell. When they finally managed to get a phone signal at 06:30 one of them was semi conscious and the other was also suffering from hypothermia. It was extremely difficult to extract a location from them due to the high winds and slurred speech, but Y Garn seemed the probable search area. Ogwen team members and RAF Valley MRT members jointly searched the southern slopes of Y Garn with 22 Squadron assisting when possible as the cloud occasionally cleared. They were located on the north side of the summit of Y Garn having spent the night there trying to shelter from the weather. They were both hypothermic and unable to walk. They were rewarmed as much as possible then stretchered down to a small flat area where 22 Sqn were able to winch them aboard and fly them to hospital. All team members then returned to base. Llanberis MRT had also been on stand by to assist in case the heli could not extract.
18 21 Mar 2015 13:45
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21 Mar 2015 15:50

East Ridge Y Garn

1 person: Scrambling

7 members attended
A party of 3 set of up East Ridge of Y Garn and one male became stuck on a small sloping ledge whilst trying to reverse from a steep bit of the ridge having experienced some difficulties in following his son. He was unable to move from the ledge and felt it was very precarious so a 999 call was made for assistance. OVMRO responded and collect team members at Oggi Base, 22 Sqn was also requested to attend given the potential risk. They flew direct to the site and winched the casualty into the aircraft and returned him to Oggi Base, his son and friend continued to make their way down from the crag indpendently and were reunited with the casualty at Oggi Base after a couple of hours.
17 13 Mar 2015 14:20
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13 Mar 2015 17:30

Afon Conwy, south of Betws y Coed

1 person: Kayaking

12 members attended
incident photo A group of 3 kayakers were on the Afon Conwy south of Betws y Coed. The first male completed a rapid area successfully, however the second male to attempt it hit a rock with his shoulder causing significant injury. Initially his friends helped him to the edge of the river but they were then trapped in a steep sided ravine. 22 Sqn and the Team were both tasked and responded immediately to scene. The heli managed a difficult extraction of the casualty from the tree covered gorge and Team members assisted the other kayakers to retrieve all the boats. A co-ordinator from F&RS was also on scene to see if further assistance was needed.
16 12 Mar 2015 21:05
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12 Mar 2015 23:30

Great orme

1 person: Search for missing person

3 members attended
A vulnerable female was reported as missing from home and probably in the Great Orme area. One Team Leader organised possible search areas whilst 22 Squadron did the first search of the Orme. Luckily she was located quickly and flown to hospital.
15 7 Mar 2015 19:45
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7 Mar 2015 22:20

Cowlyd Reservoir

3 people: Hill walking

4 members attended
Three young male walkers had decided on a route from from Aber to Ogwen but the strong winds on Carnedd Llewelyn caused them to descend in to Cwm Eigiau to find shelter. They managed to get to Llyn Cowlyd and attempted to walk along its East shore, however it was now dark so they retreated to the dam and rang for help. Several NEWSAR team members were staying at Oggie Base so they deployed by vehicle, located the lost walkers and returned them to Oggie Base.
14 6 Mar 2015 14:10
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6 Mar 2015 19:20

North Ridge Tryfan

6 people: Hill walking

14 members attended
A party of 6 friends decided to climb Tryfan in high winds even though they were poorly equipped and had no knowledge of the mountain. High up on the North Ridge the party split up with one female making it to the top and the rest deciding that they could no longer move due to the wind. Both parties asked for help and were unwilling to help themselves. Team members went to both parties and escorted them back to the road. Poor judgement and inexperience were the cause of this event.
13 28 Feb 2015 13:20
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28 Feb 2015 16:30

Pen macho MTB trail

1 person: Mountain biking

12 members attended
A male mountain biker slipped off the final section of single track on the Penmachno track and fell into a small ravine, badly injuring his ankle . An ambulance crew were deployed to the scene who requested back-up from the team when they saw the location of the casualty. The Team doctor treated the injury and then the casualty made an admirable effort to help with his extraction by climbing a ladder to the top of the ravine. He was then stretchered to the ambulance by team members and several bikers who had stopped to help.
12 26 Feb 2015 14:30
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26 Feb 2015 16:00

Aber Falls

1 person: Hill walking

10 members attended
incident photo A member of a well organised Mountain Training group slipped on grass sustaining an ankle injury. Given the location and nature of the injury together with very limited contact with the Group in a known communcations "black-spot", it was decided to request the support of R122. During this time, 2 x Team Leaders went to the area to provide communications and support the operation whilst a MR response was built up at Base. The injured person was evacuated by R122 to Bangor for treatment
11 21 Feb 2015 22:45
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22 Feb 2015 00:30

Aber Falls area

2 people: Mountain biking

7 members attended
Two male mountain bikers were reported as overdue and possibly lost on the Carneddau. The information about their start point and intended route was extremely limited and the informant had last had contact with them about 7pm when they thought they were heading for the Roman Road above Aber. The decision was made to send 2 team vehicles to drive the tracks in that area to try to locate them. Luckily as the first vehicle was on route the pair arrived at Aber safe and well so the team was stood down.
10 15 Feb 2015 19:50
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16 Feb 2015 01:45

Gribin Ridge

2 people: Winter climbing

15 members attended
This very experienced and very well equipped couple had completed Tower Gully climb and started to descend the Gribin Ridge as darkness fell. Despite having walked this route before on numerous occasions they went astray on the 'Football Pitch' and failed to find the path down the ridge. They only had one torch and the female was becoming exhausted after a long strenuous day. Two hill parties set out to find them and they were located still high on the ridge. They were given extra clothing and hot drinks but it took a further 3 hours to slowly walk them off the mountain through increasingly wet and windy weather
9 14 Feb 2015 17:20
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14 Feb 2015 18:30

Carneddau

1 person: Hill walking

11 members attended
A man reported his partner missing on the Carneddau after they became separated somewhere near Carnedd Llewelyn earlier in the afternoon. He had reached the Ogwen Valley but his partner was uncontactable. As the team were preparing for a search the partner called to say she was walking out of Cwm Eigiau towards Tal y Bont. He was happy to collect her so no action was needed by Team members.
8 8 Feb 2015 16:10
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8 Feb 2015 18:15

Cwm Glas bach, Carnedd Dafydd

3 people: Winter climbing

16 members attended
A party of 4 walked up Afon Llafar from Gerlan. On reaching the Crib Lem area they saw a snowy gully and decided to ascend it. They then reached a hanging cwm and became stuck on the steep back wall of the cwm. Mobile phone comms with the cas party were poor. Whilst planning to deploy 1 group on foot from Ffynnon Llugwy and another party available on LZ to assist R122, the casualty party managed to contact passing climbers on the ridge above who heard the shouts and dropped a rope and extracted the cas party. No further action was required by the team.
7 8 Feb 2015 14:45
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8 Feb 2015 16:45

North Ridge Tryfan

2 people: Hill walking

16 members attended
A couple set off to climb the North Ridge of Tryfan, however they had little equipment or experience and the mountain was under full winter conditions. At some point on the ridge they decided they could go no further and tried to descend the way they had come but unfortunately strayed on to the West Face. When they rang for help they were unsure of their location but stated they may be able to get back up to the ridge but would need guidance on the correct way down. One team member already on the North Ridge tried to locate them whilst other team members gathered at Base. The pair managed to get back to the ridge and met up with some other walkers who guided them back off the mountain.
6 7 Feb 2015 20:50
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7 Feb 2015 00:15

Penrhyn Quarry

Lights, flare

3 members attended
The Team Leaders were contacted twice this evening, once with the report of a red flare sighted above the quarry and then later reports of a flashing torch in approximately the same area. As the quarry operates at night and is private property, NWP were asked to send an officer to the area to investigate and to contact the team again if there was further concern. Nothing found.
5 6 Feb 2015 13:10
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6 Feb 2015 15:00

Cwm Bochlwyd

1 person: Snow/ice climbing

14 members attended
A solo winter climber fell a considerable distance down Glyder Fach Main Face and sustained injuries to his ankle and chest. He managed to crawl downhill towards Llyn Bochlwyd for half an hour before being able to shout to some walkers close by. Because of the potentially serious chest injury the Ogwen TL immediately requested the help of 22 Squadron and RAF Valley MRT whilst team members made their way to base. Luckily flying conditions were good and the casualty was evacuated to hospital within the hour.
4 5 Feb 2015 19:55
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5 Feb 2015 23:45

Carnedd Llewelyn

2 people: Winter hill walking

9 members attended
incident photo Two males with two dogs reported themselves stuck in the snow on the Carneddau whilst attempting to walk from Ogwen to Dulyn Bothy. They had lots of equipment but a sprained ankle had slowed their progress. As they were close to the summit of Foel Fras they were persuaded to follow the wall towards Drum and 2 team vehicles were deployed to meet them. They actually made very good progress and were picked up by the vehicles on the Drum track. The hungry and thirsty dogs were very glad of the ride off the hill in the landrovers.
3 3 Feb 2015 15:50
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3 Feb 2015 17:15

Y Garn East Ridge

Shouts for help

11 members attended
A walker reported hearing screams and shouts apparently coming from the East Ridge of Y Garn and was concerned that someone may need help. A Team Leader questioned other walkers in the area and no-one else had heard screams but reported that there were lots of noisy children close to the lake. A small hill party deployed to Cwm Idwal but nothing could be heard so the team were stood down.
2 26 Jan 2015 11:35
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26 Jan 2015 12:30

Conwy Mountain

1 person: walking

6 members attended
A female walker, in a large group, slipped on the steep hillside and injured her leg. An ambulance crew were sent to the scene and they requested MRT back-up. As team members were making their way to the incident site a stand-down message was given as the air ambulance had landed close to the casualty. Subsequently, the air ambulance was unable to assist and 22 Squadron were then tasked, winched her aboard and flew her to Ysbyty Gwynedd for treatment.
1 17 Jan 2015 15:35
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17 Jan 2015 17:00

Aber Falls

1 person: Walking

10 members attended
A lady slipped on the steps leading to the footbridge and injured her back. WAST deployed a paramedic in an RRV but asked for MRT back-up as they were unsure how far from vehicle access she was. Luckily a warden was able to unlock the gate for the paramedic so he was on scene and had walked the lady to his vehicle before the first MRT vehicle arrived. The team were stood down.

There have been 38 incidents involving 78 people so far this year.


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