Wrong turn led to an 8-hr rescue.
THREE walkers who made a " navigational error" got lost on a Snowdonia mountain sparking an eight hour search and rescue operation. The Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team were alerted at 6.30pm on Wednesday after the group of two men and a woman in their mid 20s from Essex dialled 999. Ogwen team spokesman Chris Lloyd said their location was pinpointed on the west ridge of the mountain but because of low cloud rescuers spent nearly six hours finding the group. "Once they were found we were able to lower a rope to them and haul them up to safer ground and then lead them safely back to base. "They were well equipped and experienced but they set off rather late and were caught out by dusk as they descended the mountain. "They made a navigational error and did the right thing to call for help," he said.