Wales: Woman dies in 100ft fall while climbing Snowdonia summit

Woman dies climbing Snowdonia summit from 100ft

Other climbers rushed to the woman’s aid (Image: Getty Images)

A woman has died after falling more than 100ft while climbing a mountain in Snowdonia.

The woman, in her 50s, who is said to be from Cheshire, was climbing with her partner when she fell on the 3,261ft Glyder Fach, a peak in the Snowdon range that is the highest in England and Wales.

The Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue team said she fell while lead climbing the rocky Chasm route on Thursday afternoon.

Climbers nearby sounded the alarm and rushed to help the woman who lost consciousness in the fall.

The woman was hauled aboard a Coast Guard rescue helicopter and flown to the Mountain Rescue team’s base, but paramedics from the Air Rescue Service were unable to save her.

In a statement, Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue said it had responded to reports that a climber fell on Gylder Fach at 2.30pm.

Fractured rock formations at Castell y Gwynt near the summit of Glyder Fach supported by Mount Snowdon, Glyder Fach, Wales. (Photo by: Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

The accident happened on Glyder Fach, a peak in the Snowdon Range (Image: Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

“A lead climber fell on the Chasm Route and was reported unconscious, nearby climbers rushed to help and the Coast Guard helicopter flew the victim, but unfortunately she did not survive,” the statement said.

“The climbers then helped her partner back down the climb to the waiting team members and she was attended to at the base.

“The team’s thoughts are with the victim’s family, friends and climbing partner. The team would also like to thank the support climbers for all their help.”

Around the same time, volunteer rescue workers were called to help a woman in her 30s who was descending the tricky west face from the top of the 3,000ft Tryfan – and got stuck at an infamous accident site.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted the woman and the rescue team used ropes to rescue her.

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Justin Scacco

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