WHEN mountain rescuers were told a climber had fallen from a snow-covered ridge near Ben Nevis they were prepared for the worst -- so when members of the helicopter crew spotted Adam Potter on his feet and consulting a map 1,000ft below the summit, they continued the search for an injured man.
But Mr Potter was the casualty they were looking for. He had fallen the entire way, dropping over three rocky crags, sustaining relatively minor injuries. Alerted to their error by the 36-year-old's climbing companions, the rescuers headed back down the slope of 3,589ft Sgurr Choinnich Mor to winch him up and ferry him to hospital.
Mr Potter had plunged down a steep slope as his girlfriend and two friends watched in horror as he "flew" off three rocky crags before landing.
He had fallen roughly the height of the Eiffel Tower, leaving a trail of kit behind him, and yet had the composure to get out his OS map to find his location after a boulder ended his downward momentum. Mr Potter, a landfill manager, was airlifted to the Southern General Hospital in his hometown of Glasgow where he was well aware yesterday of just how lucky he was.
The accident happened seconds after he turned to his girlfriend Kate Berry (30) and told her they should stop, put on their crampons and take out their ice axes because the snow was getting icy. He then lost his footing and began tumbling down the mountain. (©The Daily Telegraph, London)