A man tragically died after collapsing on a hike in Snowdonia in Wales, at Cader Idris in Eryri. Bystanders performed CPR on the man and emergency services rushed to the scene but were unable to revive him and a coast guard rescue helicopter lifted him off the mountain. The tragedy involving the man in his 60s was confirmed by the local search and rescue team.
The Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team said: “Shortly after 4:00pm on Tuesday May 23, callers from the Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team became aware of a collapsed walker in Cader Idris. A group of six walkers had come across a lone unresponsive man in his sixties along the Minffordd Path just below Llyn Cau.
The group of six walkers called for help and began CPR which they continued for “an extended period”. This was under the guidance of an ambulance call handler and they were told because more medical support was on the way.
Emergency volunteers arrived on foot at the same time the coast guard helicopter, R936, was approaching the scene, and other members of the team were also airlifted in to provide additional assistance.
A paramedic winch was able to perform advanced medical interventions and continued CPR on the man for another 30 minutes. Unfortunately, because there was “no clear answer,” the decision was made to stop resuscitation attempts.
The man was then carried off the mountain and into the care of waiting police officers, while a team of volunteers and a group of walkers made their way back down the mountain.
The man was found next to the Minffordd Path of Calder Idris, which is a 10 km route. It is the shortest route, but the steepest containing steep steps and the route involves walking along a ridge above Llyn Cau towards Penygadair.
Following the incident on Tuesday, the Aberdyfi search and rescue team posted a statement on its website and sent condolences to the man’s friends and family on its Twitter platform.
Cader Idris is one of the highest mountains in Snowdonia, standing at 893 meters and its distinctive mountain peaks can be seen for miles around. Snowdonia National Park covers 823 square miles and almost four million people visit each year.
According to Adventuresmart.uk, it’s important to make a checklist before any hiking adventure and create your own hiking guide. When planning any trek it is also vital to check all routes and weather conditions before the trek, with forecasts available on the website. Meteorological Office website.
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