Valley Report A – 13 Jan 16 02/16

This document resurfaced from amongst the many documents in the joint MRS/MRA archive that was commercially scanned to pdf in 2021. It was then converted to MS Word by Val Tenanty

Mountain Rescue Service

Team Leader
RAF Valley
LL65 3LY
DFTS:      95581 7567
DFTS: Fax 95581 7529
Our Reference:                              MRTVAL/3/1/OPS
Date:                                       15 Jan 16
Report A Serial No:                         VAL/02/16
Date of incident:                      13 Jan 16
Referring to Form R:                         79
           Incident No.                     76904
Military Callouts:                          0
Total Military Persons Assisted this Year:    0
Civilian Callouts:                          2
Total Civilian Persons Assisted this Year:    3
Nature of incident:                          2 Missing Climbers
Area:                                       Glyder Fach
Alerted:                                    132300JAN16
Deployed:                                   140500JAN16
On Scene:                                   140545JAN16
Off Task:                                   141400JAN16
Personnel on Task:                          10 of Current Team Strength: 20
Total Man Hours:                       150
Total Vehicle Miles:                         300
           C3:                     60
           Ops Vehicles: 1       180
           Load Carrier:           60
Other SAR Forces involved:                   Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue                                             Organisation, Llanberis Mountain                                              Rescue, Aberglaslyn Mountain                                                 Rescue, Coast Guard R936.
Cross refer to IEC Report:                   N/A
RAF Valley MRT (A21) received tasking from the ARCC on the evening of 13th January 2016 for 2 missing Climbers in the Glyder Fach area of Snowdonia. It is understood that they had difficulty descending from their walking route due to extremely poor conditions and risks of avalanche. Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation (OVMRO) had already tried to get to the climbers’ location that evening but were hampered in their efforts due to dangerous weather conditions.
A21 were tasked to assist OVMRO for a ‘first light’ search of the missing climbers the next day (14th January 2016). Sgt Wood + 9 team members deployed from RAF Valley at 0500h’rs and arrived on scene at 0545hrs. Due to the nature of the search, more team members from Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) and Aberglaslyn MRT were asked to assist. A21 searched up Cwm Tryfan and then headed to the summit of Glyder Fach to RV with the Civilian parties who had walked up from the west. Troops were heavily loaded with Technical Rescue and Medical Equipment sufficient for 2 severely hypothermic casualties. There had been a great deal of fresh snow fall over night which increased difficulty in walking and the extra weight that we had to carry added to the already challenging task. As we arrived at the summit of Glyder Fach, we were fortunate to have a break in the cloud base which meant that Coast Guard Rescue 936 (R936) from Caernarfon was able to locate the casualties, who were hypothermic and winched them position that they were in. At this point, all rescue parties were able to relocate to the same position and R936 returned to fly us back to Ogwen Base. Once all troops were safely off the hill and all the rescue kit was accounted for, A21 were stood down by the ARCC and returned to RAF Valley.
(Original signed)
B Wood

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