Teenager Airlifted with Serious Injuries After Falling on Tryfan

A teenage boy from Ellesmere Port has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a fall on Tryfan in Eryri (Snowdonia) around 18:00 GMT on Sunday 18th February.

The 14-year-old fell approximately 30 metres (98ft) while descending a steep gully, leading to a challenging rescue operation.

After the fall, his mother managed to reach him but was unable to call for help due to a lack of mobile phone signal.

In a desperate bid to get assistance, she left her son and made her way down the mountain, eventually flagging down a passing motorist who alerted the authorities.


Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue, alongside a coastguard helicopter equipped with a heat-seeking camera, launched a search operation.

The helicopter’s technology allowed the rescue teams to locate the boy in a deep, loose gully on Tryfan’s west face.

Despite suffering severe facial and head injuries, the teenager was conscious when found.

Using 100m (328ft) ropes and a stretcher, rescuers were able to winch the boy onto the helicopter, which then transported him to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool for treatment.

The operation, benefiting from good weather conditions, took about five hours to complete.

Chris Lloyd from Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue highlighted the boy’s awareness during the rescue and expressed hope for his recovery.

This incident underscores the risks associated with mountain activities and the importance of being prepared for emergencies.

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