Injured Woman on Cader Idris

Just after 3:20 p.m. on Friday 24th Feb, call-handlers from Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team were made aware of a woman with a leg injury on Cader Idris.

The 41 year old from Llanidloes was walking on the Minffordd path with a family group when she slipped and fell a short distance on the slopes above Llyn Cau, sustaining a suspected fracture to her lower leg.

Given the serious nature of the injury, assistance from the Coastguard Helicopter was requested, and the aircraft was making its initial approaches as Team volunteers gathered at the foot of the mountain. With the casualty on a steep slope and with a rapidly falling cloud-base it was possible that the helicopter would not be able to access the site directly,  and so a stretcher party was assembled at a nearby landing site ready to assist with the extraction.

In the event, the helicopter was able to lower the winchman to the scene, and after some initial treatment to relieve significant pain and to stabilise the injury, the woman was winched aboard the aircraft and flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd at Bangor for further hospital-based treatment. Team volunteers then ascended to the accident site to meet up with another party member who had waited with the casualty, and to escort him down off the mountain in the failing light. Everyone was safely off the hill by 6:20 p