Walker plummets more than 800ft to his death near the summit of Snowdon

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
The walker fell over 800ft down a steep cliff on Snowdon (Facebook/Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team)

A walker has died after falling more than 800ft down a steep cliff on the highest mountain in Wales.

The man was spotted falling down a steep cliff in snow and ice near the 3,560 foot summit of Snowdon.

He is believed to have slipped and fallen from a railway track into an area called Clogwyn Coch, around 820 feet below.

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales (Rex)

Volunteers from the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team were called by North Wales Police around 12.35pm on Saturday and a team doctor was with the casualty within 15 minutes of the first call and confirmed the walker was dead.

A posting on the rescue team’s Facebook page said eight mountain rescuers were then airlifted to the area by a Maritime and Coastgurad Agency helicopter and the man’s body was recovered and taken to a hospital.

They wrote: “A male had slipped on ice and snow and fallen from the Railway track in to Clogwyn Coch some 250m.

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“Within 15 minutes of the male falling one of our team doctors was on scene and could confirm that the male was deceased….

“Once on scene the casualty was secured and lowered to the bottom of the Cwm and carried down the Llanberis path to a point were the helicopter was able to return and recover the casualty to hospital.”

The team offered their condolences to the family and friends of the dead walker, who has not yet been named.