News | Climbers saved from cliff side

Two students were rescued by emergency services, including using an RAF rescue helicopter, following a rock climbing fall in North Wales last Saturday.

The pair were climbing up a popular route called ‘Christmas Curry’ approximately 80 metres above the ground which forms part of the famous crags of Tremadog, when the lead climber took a 10 metre fall, knocking him unconscious.

The route is well used and becomes slippery when wet.

Following the fall, a fellow climber on a nearby route heard cries for help and alerted the authorities. An RAF spokesperson told LS: “The team were on scene within 14 minutes of the call and quickly reached the top.” 13 volunteers from the Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team, North Wales Police Officers and an RAF rescue helicopter from RAF Valley, Anglesey, were involved in rescuing the pair with the affair concluding around 6.30pm.

One student was aided by rescuers abseiling down to him using a technical rope rescue system.

The injured lead climber was rescued by an RAF winch-man cutting the rope securing the student before lifting him to safety.

The RAF took him to Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital, Bangor where he was treated for a minor facial fracture.

He has recently been released from hospital.

Christian Green

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