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Lancastrian’s Mountain Rescue

Lancaster Guardian 29 October 1937:-

Lancastrian’s Mountain Rescue.

The rescue of an injured man from the precipitous slopes of the Glyder Mountain near Bethseda (sic) in North Wales, after he had fallen while climbing is a tribute to the heroism and initiative of a Lancaster mountain climber, Mr. Reg Riley, of Ulleswater Road.

The accident occurred on Sunday, and Mr. Riley, who was spending the weekend mountain climbing, was attracted to the scene by a woman’s signals of distress. He found that John Higgs, of Wavertree, was lying injured on ledge 30 feet below. He immediately went to the assistance of the climber and later was one of the stretcher party who conveyed the injured man to Bangor Hospital.

The descent of the mountain took about 4 hours.

Mr. Riley is a van driver employed by the Alfred Street Laundry, Lancaster, and is also connected with the local Boy Scouts movement. It was stated that the modest rescuer gave a false name when questioned at Wales, but extensive inquiries in Lancaster by a “Guardian” reporter brought to light the identity of the heroic Lancastrian.

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