A rescue team described how they had to use ropes to descend into a quarry to reach a man’s body. Patrick Cahill, 52, was reported missing from his home in Old Colwyn, Conwy on March 14.
North East Wales Search and Rescue (NEWSAR) said they were called by North Wales Police the day after he disappeared. At the time, police said they had ‘significant concerns’ for Mr Cahill’s welfare.
Initially, a suspect location was identified at Llysfaen Quarry by two teams of dogs from the Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales). This was confirmed by a police helicopter.
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A NEWSAR spokesperson said: ‘Due to the inaccessible position, team members then had to descend to the scene using a rope rescue system. The team then picked up Mr Cahill from the top of the cliff and handed him over to the police.
An inquest was then opened into Mr Cahill’s death. This revealed his body had been found on a ledge in the quarry near Llanddulas.
After a brief hearing in Ruthin, the inquest was adjourned to a later date. NEWSAR said he could only report his involvement now that an investigation was underway.
“We extend our sincere condolences to Mr. Cahill’s family and friends,” he added. Eight days earlier, NEWSAR was involved in another operation to recover a body from a quarry.