Fears for Rugby man missing from top of Mount Snowdon

By Dan Santy Monday 29 October 2012 Updated: 02/11 09:16

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Buy photos » Rugby man Gerry Coyle is believed to have gone missing from the summit of Mount Snowdon. Police in North Wales are concerned for his safety. (s)

POLICE in Wales are searching for a Rugby man who is believed to have gone missing from the summit of Mount Snowdon.

Gerry Coyle was last seen near the cafe at the top of the UK's second highest mountain at around 1pm last Thursday (October 25).

Since then he has failed to make contact with or respond to calls from family and friends, and North Wales Police are urging anyone who has seen him in the last few days to contact them.

The 65-year-old from Rugby had been staying at the Padarn Lake Hotel in Llanberis and left there at around 11am on the day he went missing intending to walk to the top of Mount Snowdon.

But, after a text sent to his wife, it is believed he caught the train to the top of the mountain and was last seen in the summit cafe at 1pm.

He has not been seen or heard from since.

Emergency services were alerted on Saturday (October 27), and police and mountain rescue teams have been searching the area since.

Sgt 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."

Mr Coyle is 5ft 3in tall, of medium build and was wearing a green fleece top, green trousers and a wide brimmed hat with camouflage pattern.

It is also thought he would have been carrying photography equipment including a tripod, although this would probably have been in a black bag or a backpack.

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