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Emergency equipment established on Snowdon

Posted 14 July 2010
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Emergency equipment established on Snowdon
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A defibrillator has been placed on Snowdon to help if anyone suffers a heart attack while they go walking on the mountain.

The device has been installed at Hafod Eryri, which is capable of delivering an electrical shock that can jump-start a stopped heart if someone goes into cardiac arrest.

Such an item may be a lifesaver if anyone is in trouble near the top of the mountain, but other safety measures those venturing out can take may be of greater importance in saving lives on mountains all over Britain.

These include having the right men's outdoor clothing or women's outdoor clothing for the weather, particularly in the cold winter months, while items like a walking GPS and Ordnance Survey maps can help avoid navigational errors.

One famous person to die of a heart attack while climbing a mountain was politician Robin Cook, who collapsed on Ben Stack in the northern Highlands in 2005.

Posted by Dan Mirza