Police appeal for missing Rugby man on Snowdon

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NORTH Wales Police are appealing for help in tracing a 65 year old Rugby man who is believed to be missing on Snowdon.

Gerry Coyle, a photographer from Rugby, had been staying at the Padarn Lake Hotel in Llanberis and left there at about 11am on Thursday (October 25) stating his intention to walk to the summit of Snowdon.

Following a text he sent to his wife it is believed he took the train to the top of the mountain and he was last seen at about 1pm in the summit café. He has not been seen since.

Since that time Mr Coyle has failed to make contact or respond to calls from his family and friends and so the emergency services were alerted on Saturday.

North Wales Police and Ogwen Mountain Rescue Team supported by the RAF Mountain Rescue and helicopter, NEWSAR (North East Wales Search and Rescue) and SARDA (Search and Rescue Dog Association Wales) have been searching the area since this time.

Mr Coyle is 5’3 tall of medium build and bald with short greying hair on the sides and a grey beard. He was wearing a green fleece top, green trousers and wide brimmed hat with a camouflage pattern. It is also thought Mr Coyle would have been carrying photography equipment including a tripod, although this would probably have been in a black bag or a backpack.

Sergeant Rob Rands of North Wales Police said: “Mr Coyle left the hotel stating his intentions to walk to the summit and indeed upon speaking with staff there it appears he made it. However he has not been seen since and with the passing of time, and the deteriorating weather conditions, we are increasingly concerned about his safety. I am appealing to anyone who has been walking the mountains of the last few days that if you have seen Mr Coyle to make immediate contact with the Police”

Anyone with information should contact North Wales Police on 101 or alternatively via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.