‘Dif­fi­cult con­di­tions’ on hills

The Oban Times - - News -

MOUN­TAIN ex­perts have is­sued warn­ings to hill walk­ers fol­low­ing a num­ber of deaths and ex­ten­sive searches in the High­lands

The body of Ja­panese tourist, Ka­mai Yusuke, 29, was dis­cov­ered on Skye last week af­ter he failed to re­turn from a walk in the Trot­ternish ridge on Au­gust 11.

French hill­walker, Thierry Coffie, failed to re­turn from his trip to the Cuillin moun­tain range last Wed­nes­day. He was found alive but in­jured in a co- or­di­nated res­cue by the Skye and RAF moun­tain res­cue teams, res­cue dogs and po­lice.

Mr Coffie was trans­ported to Raig­more hos­pi­tal in In­ver­ness for treat­ment and his con­di­tion was de­scribed as sta­ble.

Moun­taineer­ing Coun­cil of Scot­land chief of­fi­cer, David Gib­son said ‘ex­cep­tional amounts of snow’ and a wet sum­mer have cre­ated dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

Mr Gib­son added: ‘Our thoughts are with the fam­ily and friends of those in­volved in re­cent in­ci­dents.

‘ We’re in the midst of one of the wettest sum­mers on record so hik­ers must be pre­pared for poor con­di­tions. Paths and ground may be eroded or slip­pery, and burns may be higher than nor­mal and dif­fi­cult or even im­pos­si­ble to cross safely.

‘Many ac­ci­dents re­sult­ing in se­ri­ous in­juries are caused by a sim­ple trip or slip.

‘Slopes with wet grass or snow con­sti­tute a haz­ard.’

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