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OVMRO Incidents

No. Details Description
19 26 Mar 2015 06:40
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
21 Mar 2015 15:50

East Ridge Y Garn

1 person: Scrambling

Male stuck on ledge, cannot go up nor down.

More details to follow...
17 13 Mar 2015 14:20
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
14 Feb 2015 18:30


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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 19 incidents involving 31 people so far this year.

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