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Date of Incident

02/01/2023

Country

Wales

Route

Route between Fine View Wall and Main Face

Incident

We were running an abseil from the top of Fine View Wall (roughly down Mynydd Marian VS 4C) when we heard someone bounce (telltale jangle of gear and dull thuds).

The group that had the incident was a father, c 17yo daughter and c. 5 yo son. The son had been top toped (although not on a named route) and the father had been doing occasional solos. The incident occurred on one of these solos where the father (climber) pulled on a "dragon's tooth" and it came off in his hand, sending him backwards. This was in front of our Scouts who had already abseiled and his own children. One of our leaders provided First Aid, and it was clear that the father was badly injured from his fall. After a short while the father proceded to drive his family away.

Lessons

This appeared to be a group without any practical outdoor experience taking advantage of a sunny day - arguably I could have checked to see they knew what they were doing, but I'm also not sure that would have illicited a positive response.

Activity

Other

When

Injury

Serious injury requiring medical treatment

Causes

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Leader of climbing group nearby

Wearing Helmets?

Rescue Services Involved?

None

Author

25 September 2023 at 09:42:49

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