grough – Ogwen Valley lifeguards use new rafts at lake clean-up fundraising event

Bob smith, Editor
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 20:29 GMT
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One of the team members enjoys an unscheduled tea break while cleaning up. Photo: OVMRO

Mountain rescuers teamed up with volunteers to clean up a lake in Snowdonia this weekend.

Members of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organization joined the team’s 333 Supporters Group and the Snowdonia Society at the event at Llyn Ogwen, near the lifeguard base.

The fundraising and awareness day had been scheduled for six months and had to be canceled once due to weather forecasts.

Chris Lloyd from OVMRO said the goal was to have a great exercise to bring the team together after 18 months of working and training remotely and also to restart the involvement of the 333 supporters.

“Additionally, we wanted to demonstrate to the family of Alun Glyn Owen of Bethesda Rugby Club, who drowned in a tragic accident in late 2020, how their generous donation was invested in new inflatable life rafts,” said Mr. Lloyd. noted.

“These have improved the flood rescue capability of the Ugwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team.

“Inspiration came from a number of road cones that had been placed on the A5 to control the parking of cars and had been thrown into Llyn Ogwen. Further visual investigation showed a mass of material washed up on the lake bed. “

Signage, discarded computer equipment and more mundane items such as bottles and cans were among the garbage cleared from the lake and shore during Saturday’s event. The team launched their new lifeboat at the Llyn Ogwen Outlet at the western end of the lake, as members waded through the shallows and others “spotted” objects in the rafts.

Keep Wales Tidy provided tongs and bags to pick up the litter while members of the Snowdonia Society undertook one of their regular cleanups around the lake perimeter.

Mr Lloyd said: ‘These volunteers have collected the usual freshly deposited items such as drink cans and bottles, although they have recently scoured the shores. The lake bed also produced glass bottles, drink cans and plastic containers. In addition, a number of old road signs, including a RAC “To the Beach” sign, computer hardware and road cones. “

The team also held a small exhibit outside the Idwal Visitor Center, where members of the public could view part of the mountain rescue kit, talk to team members, purchase goods or ask to join the group of supporters 333.

Mr Lloyd said: “The busy and successful day ended with tired but contented faces and over £ 800 raised for the £ 130,000 it costs to lead the mountain rescue team.”

Towards the end of the day, team members were called in for a medical emergency on Y Garn’s east ridge. “Barely returned from several hours of garbage collection in the lake bed, five members of the team arrived in Idwal, loaded rescue equipment on their backs and walked towards the victim,” Mr. Lloyd.

“As this is a medical emergency, the assistance of the Caernarfon Coast Guard helicopter has been requested. The winch was lowered to the crew members and the injured on the ground. After receiving a handover from the team medic, the winch man and victim were collected from the helicopter and transported to Ysbyty Gwynedd.

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