A climber suffered a broken leg during an avalanche on Snowdon, one of the U.K.’s highest peaks. He and other climbers were climbing the Right Hand Trinity Gully.
Mountain rescue volunteers, RAF and coastguard helicopters, and specially trained search dogs were scrambled to the scene on Wednesday night.
The Llanberis mountain rescue tea had to retreat because of concerns they could be caught up in further avalanches. They had to take a longer but safer route to reach the party. Uninjured climbers managed to rappel to meet the rescuers.
The coastguard helicopter, based in Caernarfon, long-lined the injured climber to safety. The Llanberis rescue team said: “The team were called to a climbing group who had been avalanched in Trinity Right Hand gully, one of the party sustaining a lower leg injury.”
The team added, “Lee slopes now have significant snow accumulation and windslab is developing. More snow is forecast and the temperature is set to remain cold.”
An avalanche dog named Cluanie was also called in to help in case anyone got caught in further avalanches.
There’s a warning for snow and ice for Wales today and tomorrow. The warning said snow and ice could lead to road users being stranded and cause delays or cancellations to rail and air travel.
— Met Office (@metoffice) January 30, 2019