Climber falls 164ft to his death on Scottish mountain
A climber who tragically fell to his death in the Glencoe mountains has sparked an eight-hour mountain rescue mission. The incident happened on Saturday (April 12) as the man, 40, and his companion were climbing Stob Dearg on Buachaille Etive Mor.
The man slipped and fell 164ft, while his fellow climber became stuck on a ledge.
Rescuers carried his body off the mountain while three others climbed up to his companion, who was stuck about 2,000ft up.
They managed to rope him to safety, with a rescue helicopter from Inverness used to airlift the men.
Mountain rescue deputy team leader Brian Bathurst said: “We would like to express our condolences to the man’s family and friends.
“It was a tragic outcome sadly, he appears to have slipped on slabby rock.
“He and his companion were climbing in a pair and the conditions were fine.
“They were on a terrace moving on to the next stage when the accident happened, he fell about 50m (164ft).
“The other chap was cragfast on the terrace so he needed to be roped off.”
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The rescue has echoes of the tragic loss in February of another hillwalker and his dog who fell almost 100ft to their deaths in the area.
The body of Kyle Sambrook, 33, and his beagle Bane were found in Glencoe after a massive three-day search.
Meanwhile, a search for a student missing on the UK’s highest mountain was suspended last night after no trace of him was found.
Rescuers say hopes of finding 26-year-old Zekun Zhang, from London, alive are fading.
Zekun has been missing on Ben Nevis since Tuesday.
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