34 incidents mark the busiest month on record.
Volunteers from Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team have experienced their busiest month ever having been called out a total of 34 times during August. The team clocked up approximately 750 man-hours helping people who'd called for assistance on Snowdon and the surrounding area.
We were called out to a variety of incidents throughout the month. Some were serious, such as the climber who sustained broken ribs and a punctured lung when he fell 10 metres and tumbled a further 20 metres down the mountainside. However, many of the incidents could have been easily avoided, as team chairman Rob Johnson explains:
“More than half of the 34 incidents that we were called to in August were as a result of people being lost on the mountain. With a little preparation this is not necessary on a mountain like Snowdon that has a great network of established paths and more than its fair share of civilisation.
People often treat Snowdon as a tourist destination, rather than a mountain, and this leads people into being poorly equipped for the conditions the mountain often presents. Having a map and a compass and the knowledge of how to use them costs very little but will massively add to the enjoyment of a mountain day and will take a great strain off volunteer rescue services. ”
As the busiest team in the UK, Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team often find ourselves dealing with multiple concurrent incidents. For example, on Wednesday the 12th the team received 5 call outs in the space of 7 hours. During these busy periods we have been especially grateful for the assistance of our neighbours: Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team and the Mountain Rescue Team based in RAF Valley. We've also enjoyed a strong working relationship with Rescue 936 - the new Coastguard helicopter service. They have attended numerous call outs this summer and their assistance has been invaluable.
Following two further call outs on the first day of September, team chairman Rob Johnson had the following advice to give:
“As we enter the autumn months we are now beginning to lose the daylight hours. Our team are bleary eyed this morning having had to go out out last night to rescue two walkers who did not take a torch with them onto the mountain. Before you head out be aware how long your route will take and make sure you have the appropriate equipment with you to be self sufficient. As a minimum we recommend a map and compass, headtorch, warm clothing, waterproof outer layers, food and water and a dose of common sense. All mountain rescue in the UK is carried out by volunteers and calling them should be a last resort."Notes to Editors:
- Details of Images: Members of LLMRT carrying stretcher on the Pyg Track - Rob Booth, Members of LLMRT carrying stretcher towards hovering Rescue 936 helicopter - Steve Nelson (SARDA Wales), Rescue 936 winching casualty - Miles Hill.
- Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team is a fully voluntary organisation which responds to mountain incidents for those in need on Snowdon and the surrounding mountains. The team is on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and relies on donations from members of the public to carry out this essential life-saving rescue service.
- Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team is the busiest Mountain Rescue Team in the UK and responds to an average of 180 call outs each year.
- For excellent advice on preparing for a day in the mountains, see the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team website: www.llanberismountainrescue.co.uk/safety
- To arrange an interview with the team chairman, please contact the media officer Gruff Owen via email@example.com or 07775 747007.