This is the dramatic moment the Stornoway Coastguard helicopter rescued a climber
who'd fallen 100ft from a high mountain ridge in the north west Highlands.
The rescue aircraft was on a training exercise in the area when the woman fell while
climbing the 1,100 metre high Mullach Fraoch-Choire south of Glen Affric on Friday.
Not knowing what condition the casualty was in, winchman Norman Macleod was lowered
down the dangerous cliff edge by winch operator Dylan Burns.
She was airlifted to safety with pilots, captain Peter Richardson and Marc Grantand,
flying the helicopter to hospital in Fort William.
After the incident Norman Macleod said that the climber was extremely lucky that
a passing off-duty doctor had witnessed the fall and had managed to reach her and
her husband, who had also climbed down to her to help administer first aid.
Mr Macleod said: “They are both unsung heroes and had done a wonderful job to help
make her comfortable at great risk to themselves as they were perched on a precarious
400ft drop and in danger of falling further.”
It later emerged she suffered non-life threatening injuries.
He added: “We understand she is on the road to recovery which is great news for us
In another recent mountain incident, the Stornoway Coastguard helicopter rescued
two missing walkers who were stuck on a ridge in the Storr, Trotternish, area of
Video: Rescue helicopter airlifts injured climber to safety