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OVMRO Incidents

No. Details Description
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

9 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 32 incidents involving 48 people so far this year.


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