A fundraiser organized to support the family of a young climber who died after falling 600ft from a Snowdonia mountain has already raised thousands of pounds.
Jack Carne, 23, has been described as “incredibly unlucky” after a stone he was holding broke in his hand and sent him falling down the side of the Y Gribin mountain in north Wales on Saturday.
He was one of three who scaled a rock face in Snowdonia, also known as Eryri, after traveling more than 200 miles from his Yorkshire home.
The other two climbers were also injured and rescuers helped them down the mountain after the weekend accident.
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Friends described Jack as a “true gentleman” and the “kindest lad you’ll ever meet” after organizing a £15,000 fundraiser.
The GoFundMe reads: “He will be missed by many. He never stopped smiling, he was there for everyone when someone needed him! The funds will be used to help his family who is suffering so much right now due to this tragedy.” “
Jack’s girlfriend added on social media that they were “soul mates forever and ever.”
Jack’s grandmother thanked the rescue teams, saying: “Thank you so much to everyone involved who risked their own lives to help my grandson and his friends, we are all heartbroken beyond words.”
“You will forever be in my heart and thoughts, Jack, my beautiful grandson.”
Another family member wrote: “There are no words to express how grateful we are as a family for your dedication and bravery that you put into your work.”
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A team of 12 rescuers searched for Jack’s body, who was found in the dark shortly after 9:00 p.m.
Chris Lloyd, president of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organization (OVMRO) and who was part of the rescue effort, said: “He disappeared into the cloud below, plunging a good distance down some very steep and nasty terrain.
“His two colleagues saw him go, so they tried to climb to the edge to see where he had gone and descended a bit.
“It was getting really difficult terrain and they called him but there was no answer.
“It’s just a tragic accident and very, very unfortunate. The boys have done nothing wrong. This stone fell out of his hand. It’s very sad.”
Recovery by the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team continued through lunchtime Sunday with the help of a Coast Guard rescue helicopter.
An inquest into Jack’s death is expected to open later this month.