Saturday (11 December) was International Mountain Day, so we took the opportunity to catch up with Martin Wall, Lead Process Engineer from Body in White, who has been a member of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue team since 2015.
Martin has been featured on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Facebook page for a rescue he took part in earlier this year where a mountain walk turned into a ‘make or break’ experience for keen walker, Ann-Marie.
Ann-Marie had set out in stunning Snowdonia but slipped and badly injured her ankle. She said: “It was quickly obvious I wouldn’t make it back down without help. Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue raced up to me and the Coastguard helicopter swooped in to take me to hospital. I received amazing care and will be forever grateful.”
Talking about the rescue, Martin, a former Reservist in the British Army and qualified rock-climbing instructor and mountain leader, said: “I was the medic involved with treating Ann Marie, who had suffered a broken ankle, so I was responsible for providing her with pain relief and splinting her lower leg before radioing for a helicopter winch.
"It was actually our second call out that day as we had already been on Tryfan to support another advance party and had just got back to base when the call to help Ann-Marie call came in!"
Martin added: “Having the chance to rescue somebody and use the skills I have to make a difference to Ann- Maire and her family is a very unique opportunity, which is why I love being part of the response team.”
In 2019, Jaguar Land Rover donated a Land Rover Discovery Sport rescue vehicle to the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue, through our employee Motorvate scheme, which celebrates employee’s good attendance by rewarding the causes that are important to them.
The car has now been on over 30 rescues to date, including Ann-Marie’s rescue, and Martin said: “The Discovery Sport is ideal because the extra seats in the back means we can take up to seven passengers, when Covid safety measures are not in place, so it’s big enough to get a full first response team in it. We are so grateful for the support from Jaguar Land Rover through the Motorvate scheme.”
International Mountain Day is celebrated annually to promote awareness for mountain communities around the globe.