Snowdon lightning horror: Two women hit on Welsh mountain – one suffers serious injuries | UK | News
The pair were in a five-strong group of holidaymakers and were almost at the peak of Wales’ highest mountain when they were hit at around 1.30pm today. Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team told the BBC that the pair were “very lucky” to be alive as lightning strikes are often fatal.
Both women were later transported down from the mountain’s 3,560ft peak by the rescue team before they were airlifted to hospital by a coastguard helicopter.
They were reportedly not local and had visited the area to climb Snowdon – the highest mountain in England and Wales.
After being hit, the team said one woman “was falling in and out of consciousness”, while the other had minor injuries.
Neither woman had sustained life-threatening injuries, they added.
“Some members were deployed on foot and by train, where others were flown up by Rescue 936 to Clogwyn station.
“At the summit two females were treated for the effects of a lightning strike.
“One with minor injuries and the other more serious.
“Both were evacuated back down the mountain to Clogwyn station by the team, where they were flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor by Rescue 936.”
Mr Benbow told the BBC: “They were very lucky.”
“But the advice generally is don’t be on the top of a mountain when thunder and lightning is about.
“As a team we didn’t hang around on the summit or the ridge going down.”
The rescue team – which is run entirely by volunteers – was quickly praised on Facebook for their selfless actions.
One person wrote: “Well done team! Speedy recovery to the victims.”
Another said: “Well done team, best wishes to the two casualties.”
Meanwhile a third posted: “Oh my days! Absolutely horrendous! I hope they are okay, well done guys.”
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