Five walkers wearing trainers airlifted from snowy Snowdon suffering from hypothermia

Snowdon Mountain Railway by Bill SpeddyBy Cathy Owen,

The group were ill-equipped for the mountain in the middle of winter and one had to be treated for exhaustion and
Five students wearing trainers and no warm clothes had to be rescued from freezing conditions on Wales’ highest peak.

They had become lost in the snow and ice on Snowdon on Thursday night and had to be airlifted to safety by a rescue helicopter from Valley on Anglesey.

The group, from Bangor, was found on the Snowdon ranger path, without warm clothes, climbing equipment, a map or compass.

Llanberis Mountain Rescue said the five were cold and exhausted and one was suffering from hypothermia and exhaustion.

It is the third time this month that people have had to be rescued from the 3,560ft Welsh peak wearing just trainers.

Earlier this week a  19-year-old wearing trainers  was winched from the Pyg Track on Snowdon into an RAF Sea King rescue helicopter and flown to hospital at Bangor to be treated for a suspected broken arm.

At the start of the month  two hikers  were rescued off the icy mountain – one who was wearing trainers, the other light summer boots.

Sourced by Wales online

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