WALES: Wife's horror as fall kills husband; Rescuers praise heroic efforts to save partner.Byline: By STEVE BAGNALL
A COUPLE'S walk in Snowdonia turned to tragedy after the husband plunged to his death.
The 32-year-old man was killed on the east face of Mount Tryfan, in the Ogwen Valley, after the couple hit low cloud on Saturday evening.
His wife scrambled down a treacherous rock face and desperately tried to save her husband's life using first aid instructions relayed by mountain rescuers on her mobile phone.
But he was later pronounced dead at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.
Rescuers rushed to the scene at about 7pm following a 999 call from the wife, whose parents live in Ruthin.
An RAF Squadron 22 helicopter and Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue team co-ordinated the recovery of the body.
They also guided the heart broken wife and the couple's Labrador dog off the mountainside.
OVMR spokesman Chris Lloyd Chris Lloyd (born October 10, 1980) is a Dominican sprinter who specializes in the 400 metres.
He participated at the World Championships in 2003 and 2005, the World Indoor Championships in 2004 and 2006 and the 2004 Olympic Games without ever reaching the final. said: "They had descended a north gulley in the east face but got disorientated in low cloud and descended on to steep ground whilst trying to find a route.
"It appears he may have gone ahead to reconnoitre reconnoitre or US reconnoiter
to make a reconnaissance of [obsolete French reconnoître]
Verb 1. reconnoitre - explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody
reconnoiter, scout the way but has slipped and fallen.
"She has scrambled down to his side, which was a remarkable feat because it is treacherous ground.
"She dialled 999 and the mountain rescue team gave her first aid advice, as she was not first aid trained."
Mountain rescuers and the helicopter arrived soon after.
The 32-year-old was taken to hospital by a mountain rescue Land Rover See LANRover. .
A Squadron 22 spokesman said because the cloud cover was so bad they could not get OVMR and RAF mountain rescue team all the way to the scene.
The teams walked the rest of the way.
Mr Lloyd added: "We used ropes to recover him, took him down and escorted the wife and the dog off the mountain."
"He was pronounced dead at the hospital. We finished at about 4.30am Sunday."
The couple live in Oxfordshire but have links to North Wales North Wales (known in some archaic texts as Northgalis) is the northernmost unofficial region of Wales, bordered to the south by Mid Wales and to the east by England. .
Yesterday the mountain rescue team were gathering evidence at the scene to piece together how the tragedy happened.
Police were contacting next of kin The blood relatives entitled by law to inherit the property of a person who dies without leaving a valid will, although the term is sometimes interpreted to include a relationship existing by reason of marriage. Cross-references
Descent and Distribution. break the tragic news, and an inquest will take place to probe the death.
A man has died in a fall while walking with his wife on the steep eastern slopes of Tryfan in Snowdonia