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Clueless climbers' 999 call 'abuse'.

A MOUNTAIN rescue team has slammed two clueless climbers for "abusing" the 999 system.

Volunteers from the Ogwen Valley team conducted a six-hour overnight search to locate the climbers, who had "no clue" of their location.

The female climbers, aged 68 and 48 from Sussex, had made a 999 call at 9.50pm on Saturday to say "come and rescue us, we are too tired to go on".

Chris Lloyd, from the Ogwen Valley team, said: "We gave them instructions to make their way to the summit before the battery in their phone ran out."

The rescuers believed their location to be somewhere between Tryfan and Glyder Fach.

It turns out the pair had ignored the rescuers' instructions and had made their way down Tryfan and got stuck in a gully.

An exasperated Mr Lloyd said: "They had no GPS, no compass and no clue were they were. They were not injured and we feel this was an abuse of the 999 system."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 11, 2011
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