Friday 30 September 2016

Watch: Four hillwalkers stranded on 2,000ft mountain ledge in airlift rescue

Laura Paterson

Published 22/04/2016 | 12:53

Four mountaineers stranded on a ledge at 2,000ft have been airlifted to safety.

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The hillwalkers were descending Bla Bhienn on Skye when they got into difficulties as darkness fell.

A major search involving the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter, police officers, mountain rescuers and coastguard rescue teams was launched when the stricken walkers called for help at around 8.40pm on Thursday.

A Coastguard spokeswoman said: "The Coastguard helicopter was the first to reach the foursome and found them stuck on a dangerous ledge, 2,000ft high on Bla Bheinn.

"Winch operator Robert Glendinning and winchman Peter Wood had to use all their skills to rescue the four - the winchman even climbing the cliff at one point - to reach them."

The daring rescue on the 3,040ft Munro was captured on video.

The walkers were airlifted to safety off the mountain to Broadford Airfield on Skye. They were uninjured and required no medical treatment.

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