‘Weather could be a factor’ as three hill walkers die in a week
THREE men have died in just one week on the hills of Lochaber, a record for the area in the summer months.
On the morning of Friday August 7, Lochaber mountain rescue team (LMRT) were alerted to an incident at Carn Mor Dearg Arete, Fort William.
Steven Fogg, 56, from Aboyne, had been walking with two friends when he plummeted around 400ft. He was airlifted to Belford hospital where he later died.
The following morning a search was launched by police, LMRT, and Glencoe mountain rescue team after a 60-year- old man from Berkshire failed to return from a walk in the Grey Corries on Friday evening.
The hill walker was found dead in a river around 3pm on Saturday having apparently slipped and fallen in the Coire Choimlidh area. His family have been informed.
The two make the number of fatal accidents on the hills up to three last week.
The Oban Times reported last week that the body of 60-year- old Ian Bell was recovered during a search last Monday.
Team leader, John Stevenson, responded to the call- out on Friday, but was off duty on Saturday morning.
He said: ‘We have had three in a week. Although it is not a regular occurrence, it is sad. We still have two men missing and we have put in a lot of man hours this season to look for them.
‘There have been an increased number of calls from people who are in a bit of trouble. There have been a lot of sprained ankles and general slips and trips. Many people have had navigational errors. These were a big contributing factor in the winter and usually happen when the clouds are low and the weather is poor.
‘It can result in people losing their way and the weather has been bad lately.’
Lochaber area inspector, Donald Campbell, has issued a statement to people in the area and to those visiting who wish to walk or climb in the hills around Fort William.
He said: ‘Three fatalities in one week is unique and unfortunate, but there have been no similarities in the three cases. I think the weather could be a factor as the summer tends to be better for climbing, but we have had a poor summer this year.
‘Never underestimate the task you are undertaking. Make sure you are prepared with efficient equipment and climbing wear when you are taking to the hills. They are daunting.’
LMRT has seen 93 deployments this year already, a figure that the team has never reached in the first eight months of a year.
The Grey Corries where a man slipped and died at the weekend