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WALKER FALLS 170FT TO HIS DEATH; Wife tells of heartbreaking mountain tragedy: MOUNTAIN: HORROR.

Byline: ANDY PASSANT

AN EXPERIENCED Teesside mountain walker has been killed after plunging down a mountain in Snowdonia.

Graham Bunn, 46, from Stockton, had reached the summit of 2,451ft Yr Aran when the tragedy happened on Saturday.

He somehow lost his footing and fell about 170ft as HORROR I was with him on my own for about 45 minutes. I was in shock. I then gave him the kiss of life...From Page One his horrified wife, who was climbing with him, looked on helplessly. Wife Anne climbed downto him and gave the kiss of life in a desperate effort to revive him. She tried to raise the alarm but couldn't get a signal on her mobile. Instead Anne was left shouting for help while alone on the mountain with her stricken husband. Eventually, after being on her own for about 45 minutes, another walker heard her cries and came to her aid. The walker, a man called Jason from Bath, also tried to resuscitate Graham. He managed to phone for help and Graham was airlifted to hospital by RAF helicopter. But there was nothing doctors could do and he was pronounced dead. An inquest into Graham's death has been opened and adjourned by the coroner for North-west Wales. Today Anne, 46, was trying to come to terms with her husband's death. She told the Gazette: "I think that's the way he would want to go - doing what he loved doing." She said they were both passionate about climbing and hill-walking. Together they had tackled Mount Kilimanjaro, along with peaks and treks in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. They also climbed all 283 Munros, Scotland's highest mountains, as well as many other peaks. Graham and Annehad planned to go walking in Scotland at the weekend. But they changed their mind and instead decided to head for Snowdonia in North Wales. They were climbing Yr Aran, a mountain peak on a ridge radiating from Snowdon, Wales' highest mountain. Anne said they reached the summit without problem. "We were both on the summit. I was actually on the cairn. I saw him fall backwards. All I can think of is he has slipped. We don't know whether there was any other medical issue. "It took about 10 minutes to get to him. "I was with him on my own for about 45 minutes. It is a very isolated hill. "I was in shock. I gave him the kiss of life." Help eventually came after about 45 minutes when another walker heard her cries. "He gave Graham mouth to mouth and heart massage for the best part of an hour." But by this point, Anne believed he was dead. She said: "I would hate to think he suffered." Stockton-born Graham, a former pupil of The Grange School, worked as a civil servant and was a massive Boro fan and season ticket-holder. Anne said he had been planning to go to the Boro away match at Scunthorpe on November 9 - his 47th birthday. Anne, a Sunderland fan, met Graham while they were both at Stockton Sixth Form College. "He saw the Sunderland jacket I was wearing and thought I wasn't bad looking for a Sunderland supporter." The couple were together for 28 years, marrying 12 years ago in 1998. They had no children. Anne said her husband was "very popular", adding: "He had a lot of time for people. "As a person, he was just so sociable. He had a lot of mates. He had a very good sense of humour. He was very caring and considerate as well." The emergency services were alerted shortly before 3.30pm on Saturday. Elfyn Jones, chairman of the Llanberis mountain rescue team, said: "They were at the summit and for whatever reason, he may have slipped or tripped. He fell about 70ft down the north-east face of Yr Aran and then tumbled a further 100ft down the scree slope." Mr Jones said Graham was "experienced and well equipped" for the climb. "The weather at the time was dry but there had been showers in the area and it was wet underfoot. Our sympathies go to his family." Graham's funeral will be held at St Peter's Church, Yarm Road, Stockton on Monday, November 1 at noon.

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TEES MAN'S TRAGIC FALL: Graham Bunn, right, who died after a 170ft fall from the summit of Yr Aran in Snowdonia. The 46-year-old's wife Anne looked on helplessly as he fell, then climbed down to give him the kiss of life to try and save him
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 26, 2010
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