Valley Report A – 18 Sep 73 13/73

This report resurfaced from amongst the many documents in the joint MRS/MRA archive that was copied to MS Word by Has Oldham Summer 2021. 

Ser No V13/9/73


RAF Stafford/ RAF St Athan

Nature of Incident Missing person Team Alerted 180030z date/time
Authority Alerting Gwynedd Police HQ Called Out 180030z time
Area Searched Glyder & Carneddau Ranges Left Station 180600z time
Location of Incident 107/649614 Duration of Search 19 VMRT 92.5 hours . Total 1757.5-man hrs
Located by N/A Incident Located Not located
Type of Search Detailed Sweep / Party Casualty Evacuated N/A
Weather Conditions Good, Cold Sub Units Involved Ogwen/Llanberis/Llandudno/Rosendale/Kinder/Bolton/South Ribble/Dyfid Powys MRT’s
No of Casualties N/A Returned to Station 212100z date/time
  RCC Informed 212105z date/time
Vehicle Mileages  
Comments on Search. Extensive network of radio communication used.

All teams (11) worked well together.


At 0130 the team leader was alerted by Gwynedd Police HQ to assist in the search for a missing climber/walker-Mr Dimond, Age 39 of Stockport Rd, Timperley, Cheshire. At first light VMRT and Ogwen MRO started a sweep/party search of all likely areas and crags in the district this was curtailed at dusk. On the following day Tuesday, again at first light a detailed sweep of the complete Glyder Range revealed nothing. On Wednesday, the same was completed on the Carneddau range. When this bought in negative results, the Police and team leaders decided to call off the official teams as everything reasonably possible had been tried. Ad hoc searches continued thereafter.

This was the largest search ever mounted in North Wales, with over 550 bona fide rescuers used on the search on Wednesday.

Distribution: MOD (Air)(Ops)(ESR)(RAF)
HQ CC (For Rescue Officer)
HQ18Gp (for RCC)
F540 (2 copies)
Date 21.9.73
Signature Flt Sgt H J Oldham

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