24.01.2011

Night-vision scope finds trapped climbers

Night-vision scope finds trapped climbers

By Alexa Kaczka

Special vision-enhancing technology has been used to help find trapped climbers on a Welsh mountain.

On Saturday night (January 22nd), a night-vision scope was used to identify where two climbers who had got into difficulty while following the Ordinary Route on the Idwal Slabs were situated and enabled rescuers to help them to safety, Grough.co.uk reported.

Members of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation helped the father and son tandem, aged 55 and 19, after they ran out of natural light, said Chris Lloyd from the rescue team.

"We deployed troops to spot and we picked up their mobile phone screen when using night-vision scope. A team member was roped down to the two, guided by the spotter with the night-vision scope," he told the website.

Only the week before, the mountain rescue team had to help three climbers who had become stuck on the 3,000 ft Tryfan peak in Snowdonia when the weather took a turn for the worse.

by Alexa Kaczka


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