Woman with heat-exhaustion on Cader Idris
September 4, 2023
Shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Sunday 3rd September, call-handlers from
Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team were made aware of a walker suffering
from heat related illness near the summit of Cader Idris.
The woman, part of an organised group, was showing symptoms of
heat-exhaustion/heat-stroke, a potentially life-threatening condition.
At least two members of the group remained to help the casualty, but
the others, including the organisers, opted to continue with their
day, and played no further part in her care or rescue.
The group members who remained on scene with the casualty were
assisted by a number of members of the public including a GP. They
were able to provide an important flow of information to co-odinators
as the rescue developed.
As Team volunteers made their way up the mountain, the woman’s
condition had improved greatly in the cool of the summit hut, and she
was assisted slowly down the mountain to meet up with the approaching
rescuers. Everyone was safely off the mountain by 6:00 p.m.
Team spokesperson, Graham O’Hanlon, said: “We are unsure of the details
of the original group, and the justification put forward by the
organisers for leaving a potentially seriously ill woman behind in
order to continue their day. We are, however, pleased to note that
both people within the group and other passers-by felt able to offer
assistance to a fellow mountaineer in trouble.”