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A mother and teenage son were on the west side of Tryfan when the son took a tumbling fall of 20m-30m down a gulley. The mother was able to get to his location but, without phone signal, had to leave him to get help and spoke with a number of people at the roadside. Multiple reports were logged with unclear information and so two hill teams were deployed to try and locate the fallen walker. Rescue 936 was also tasked and quickly located the casualty in a gulley on the west face, the winchman was dropped to assess the casualty whilst the hill teams moved in to support. Due to the steep and unstable terrain a further two TMs were winched in with TRR equipment to assist the paramedic and, with the help from one of the hill parties, were able to move the casualty into a stretcher to be lifted into the aircraft. R936 then flew to base to pick up family members before flying on to hospital.
Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation
Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation (OVMRO), or Sefydliad Achub Mynydd Dyffryn Ogwen as we are known in the native Welsh language, is a voluntary mountain rescue team responding to incidents in the mountains and valleys surrounding the Ogwen Valley, Glyderau, and Carneddau mountain ranges and surrounding area in northern Snowdonia. We are on-call 24 hours a day, throughout the year.
Our team is made up entirely of volunteers who have a wide variety of day jobs. Team members are all mountaineers with vast local knowledge and first aid training. Many have expertise in casualty care, advanced first aid, emergency driving, and swift water rescue.
We are all proud of the voluntary tradition of the mountain search and rescue service. We are a registered charity and rely on donations to run our life-saving public service. There is much work to be done in raising funds to support the work we do. Annual running costs are in the region of £115,000.
We also get called out to assist a variety of animal incidents. These range from assisting local farmers with sheep stuck on a mountain ledge, to pets unable to find their way to safety but also to the more obscure and unusual parrots and horses stuck in ditches!