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Irish mountain rescuer dies in Snowdonia accident

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLEUndated handout photo issued by Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue of Kevin Hallahan as the mountain rescuer from Ireland has died after an accident during a team training event in Snowdonia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday October 1, 2017. Mr Hallahan was on the Crib Goch route in north Wales on Saturday morning with members of Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT) when the accident happened. See PA story ACCIDENT Mountain. Photo credit should read: Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue /PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
By Johanna Carr

A mountain rescuer from Ireland has died after an accident during a team training event in Snowdonia, his colleagues have said.

Kevin Hallahan was on the Crib Goch route in north Wales on Saturday morning with members of Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT) when the accident happened.

In a statement on its Facebook page DWMRT said members were "deeply shocked following the tragic loss of our dear friend and teammate".

The post went on to say that Mr Hallahan, who joined the team in 2011, was a "valued and highly motivated team member".

It said: "He was a skilled and experienced mountaineer who selflessly applied his knowledge to help those in need.

"Kevin could be relied upon to complete any task efficiently and safely, always looking out for his teammates.

"He was a man who cared for those around him, supporting and mentoring, with a kind word and his friendly smile."

Crib Goch ridge is a treacherous part of Mount Snowdon where a number of people have fallen to their deaths or had to be rescued over the years.

The father was described as a "wonderful person who will be sorely missed by all who were privileged to know him" by his colleagues at DWMRT who said they would do all they could to support his family in the weeks and months ahead.

DWMRT also thanked Llanberis, Aberglaslyn and Ogwen Valley mountain rescue teams, Caernarfon Coast Guard helicopter, and North Wales Police for their help during the incident.

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