A man has died after falling 60 metres (200ft) on one of the highest mountains in Wales.

The walker, in his 50s, is believed to have died from his injuries after he fell from Glyder Fach in the Snowdonia national park.

Emergency teams were scrambled when the man did not return to the Pen-y-Pass youth hostel where he had been staying on Wednesday.

The Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team said the man’s body was found at about midday on Thursday after a search involving the coastguard helicopter.

He was found on a “very steep and loose path” that connects to Bristle Ridge, one of the most popular climbing spots in Snowdonia, rescuers said. They added: “It appears that the man had fallen some distance and has probably died as a result of his injuries.”

The man’s body was stretchered down the mountain to the rescue team’s base, where police were informed.

An inquest into the man’s death is expected to be held in due course.

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