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A man has tragically died after collapsing on a hike in Snowdonia in Wales, on Cader Idris in Eryri. Passers-by performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man, and emergency services attended the scene, but he could not be resuscitated and was flown off the mountain by a coastguard rescue helicopter. The tragedy involving the man who was in his 60s, was confirmed by the local search and rescue team.

Aberdyfi Search and Rescue team said: “Shortly after 4pm, on Tuesday, May 23, call-handlers from Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team were made aware of a collapsed walker on Cader Idris. A group of six walkers had come across an unresponsive lone male in his sixties beside the Minffordd Path just below Llyn Cau.”

The group of six walkers called for help and started CPR which they continued for “an extended period”. This was under the guidance of an ambulance call handler and was advised because they were made known of further medical support on its way.

Emergency volunteers arrived on foot at the same time as the coastguard helicopter, R936, approached the scene, and further team members were also airlifted to provide extra help.

A paramedic winchman was able to perform advanced medical interventions and continued with CPR on the man for another 30 minutes. Unfortunately, because there was “no response evident” the decision was made to stop attempts at resuscitation. 

The man was then flown off the mountain and placed in the care of waiting police officers, while a team of volunteers and a group of walkers made their way back down the mountain.

Following on from Tuesday’s incident, Aberdyfi Search and Rescue team have released a statement on their website, and sent wishes of condolences to the man’s friends and family.

The man was found beside the Minffordd Path of Calder Idris which is a 10km route. It is the shortest route, but the steepest which contains steep steps and walking along a ridge above Llyn Cau towards Penygadair. 

When planning hikes, it is important to check all routes and weather conditions prior to hiking, with forecasts available on the Met Office website.  

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