Inexperienced walker flown to safety by coastguard after having panic attack on mountain

A RESCUE team was called out to assist an inexperienced walker who had a panic attack on a mountain.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation was called out to Tryfan on Sunday to help a group back down.

A spokesman for the team said: “Nine friends with no mountaineering experience set out to climb Tryfan having chosen it from the roadside after journeying to North Wales.

“With no equipment, route in mind or map it soon went wrong.

“Two of the group split off ahead and later summited, three of the group turned around early and went back down leaving four continuing to climb up slowly.

“The two on the summit phoned the group of four and advised them to turn around and go back down.

“This they did but with no map or compass they strayed onto the west face where one of the group with a history of panic attacks subsequently had one and couldn’t breathe properly.

“A hill party deployed to the casualty group and moved them slowly back to the North Ridge before the Coastguard rescue helicopter from St Athan became available after a rescue on Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon.

“R187 was able to winch the hyperventilating casualty aboard fly him down to Oggie Base while the hill party continued to walk the remaining group back down to the roadside.”

The team was also called to Betws Y Coed to help an injured cyclist.

A spokesman explained: “A local couple were riding their bikes down to Betws for breakfast when the woman failed to make a corner, hitting a wall.

“She went over the wall down into the woodland hitting trees and sustaining chest and arm injuries.

“Paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service attended along with North Wales Police and the team were requested due to the rugged terrain she landed in.

“Under control of the team doctor, the casualty was covered with Blizzard Survival blankets and heatpacks before being immobilised in a vacuum mattress and placed in a stretcher.

“A short, technical carry saw the casualty at the road where she was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd for treatment.

“The casualty was wearing her brand new helmet for the first time and it was split with the impact of the crash and undoubtedly helped to mitigate further injury to her head.

“The team wish her well and hope she recovers from her injuries quickly.”

North Wales Chronicle | Anglesey