Two female hikers hit by lightning on Snowdon after stranded in storm

Two female hikers are hit by lightning on 3,560ft Snowdon summit after getting stranded in freak storm: One woman was bleeding and ‘falling in and out of consciousness’ as pair were flown to hospital in rescue helicopter

  • The two women were at the summit of Snowdon in Wales when freak-weather hit
  • Rescuers said one of them was bleeding and ‘falling in and out of consciousness’
  • One of the walkers had minor injuries while the other sustained serious injuries
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Two hikers have been rushed to hospital after being struck by lightning on a mountain.

The women were at the summit of Snowdon in Wales when freak-weather hit the region yesterday afternoon.

Rescuers said one of the women was bleeding and ‘falling in and out of consciousness’ when they arrived on the 3,560ft-peak at 1.47pm.

North Wales Police were called and volunteer crews from Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team were sent along with the Coast Guard rescue helicopter.

One of the walkers sustained minor injuries during the incident while the other sustained serious injuries.

The women were at the summit of Snowdon in Wales when freak-weather hit the region yesterday afternoon

A graphic by Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team shows what to do on the mountain during lightning

A spokesman for Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team said: ‘The team was called out today by North Wales Police to a female at the summit of Yr Wyddfa.

‘She had been struck by lightning and was falling in and out of consciousness, with blood down one side of the face.

‘The team was called to our base at Nant Peris, and a request for the assistance of the Coast Guard rescue helicopter was made.

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Scorching summers of 40C (104F) will become the UK’s new ‘normal’ by the end of the century, forecasters have warned.

The alarming prediction comes as experts warned that temperature and rainfall records are being smashed at a ‘shocking’ rate in Britain.

Scientists fear the rate of global warming is spiralling out of control, saying that ‘climate change is happening and it’s happening now’.

The hottest temperature recorded in the UK stands at 38.7C (101.6F) in Cambridge in 2019.

But the jump to 40C could come within the decade and become a regular occurrence every three to four years by the end of the century.

Data from the annual State Of The UK Climate report showed that last year was the third warmest, fifth wettest and eighth sunniest year on record – the first ever to fall into the top ten in all three categories. 

‘Some members were deployed on foot and by train, where others were flown up by Rescue 936 to Clogwyn station.

‘At the summit, two females were treated for the effects of a lightning strike. One with minor injuries and the other more serious.

‘Both were evacuated back down the mountain to Clogwyn station by the team where they were flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor by Rescue 936.’

The women were flown to hospital in Bangor, Gwynedd, by helicopter but their conditions are not known.

Extreme weather conditions were reported in various locations across the region yesterday with reports of ‘tornados’ spotted off Pen Llyn.

Others reported seeing giant rain and hailstones during a heavy shower and several areas had thunder and lightning followed almost immediately by blue skies.

It comes after a man died after plunging more than 90ft on a narrow Snowdon ridge on Saturday.

Llanberis mountain rescue team said he had fallen on the lower slopes of the north ridge of Crib Goch, and was unconscious and not breathing.

A coastguard rescue helicopter from Caernarfon and the North Wales police drone unit were alerted to help find him.

The man was airlifted to hospital from Dinas Mot but pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

North Wales police said : ‘The man who died on Crib Goch on Saturday night was 47 and from the West Midlands.’

The Met Office is warning of more problems amid heavy rain and wind today after giant hailstones battered Britain and lightning strikes set buildings on fire yesterday.

Gale force winds will hammer England’s south-west coast today, while showers and flooding will cause havoc in the north-west.

Yellow warnings are in place, with gusts of up to 65mph predicted, while much of Scotland is also set to experience more choppy weather.

Meteorologist Anne Shuttleworth said ‘isolated’ showers and thundery weather would continue over the next few days after the recent downpours. 

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