Man dies in Ben Ne­vis fall

The Oban Times - - News -

A MAN in his 50s has died af­ter fall­ing 50 me­tres from Tower Ridge, Ben Ne­vis, on Satur­day July 8.

A spokesman for Lochaber Moun­tain Res­cue (LMR) team said: ‘We are sad to re­port that a call- out on July 8 was to a climber who suf­fered fa­tal in­juries sus­tained in a fall while climb­ing Tower Ridge. Our thoughts and con­do­lences go to his fam­ily and friends.

‘A big thank you to R951 who did a fan­tas­tic job to make the re­cov­ery from a very dif­fi­cult lo­ca­tion and all the climbers who as­sisted and brought down the climber’s friend. A sad day.’

John Steven­son, leader of the team, told the Lochaber Times: ‘The man had just started to climb Tower Ridge. He was just at the bot­tom end when he slipped and fell into the gully. The he­li­copter went straight in and did a fan­tas­tic lift, but there was noth­ing any­one could do. He was pro­nounced dead at the scene.’

A po­lice spokesper­son said: ‘At 11.30am on Satur­day July 8, po­lice re­ceived a re­port of a male in his 50s hav­ing fallen dur­ing a climb on Ben Ne­vis’ Tower Ridge. Po­lice, Lochaber Moun­tain Res­cue team and R951 were im­me­di­ately de­ployed, how­ever, on ar­rival the man was found to be dead. The death is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

‘Next of kin have been in­formed and the fam­ily ask that their pri­vacy be re­spected at this time.’

The team was called out again at 8pm on Sun­day to help a women who had fallen and dam­aged her leg on the Steall, Glen Ne­vis.

Ear­lier in the week, the team car­ried out a chal­leng­ing res­cue in­volv­ing three climbers who were crag­fast on Long Climb on the Orion Face of Ben Ne­vis.

LMR found the climbers about 200 me­tres be­low the top of the route. A team mem­ber was low­ered down dur­ing the ‘dif­fi­cult tech­ni­cal res­cue’.

A team spokesper­son said: ‘It was safer and eas­ier to lead them back to sum­mit.

Con­di­tions were poor dur­ing the res­cue with rain and low cloud.

Mr Steven­son told the Lochaber Times: ‘It had been a quiet sum­mer up un­til last week, and then we had some dif­fi­cult res­cues, along with the usual sum­mer slips and falls.’

He added the team, which has 45 vol­un­teers, re­lies on em­ploy­ers to let mem­bers away from work to help with res­cues.

Lochaber Moun­tain Res­cue team mem­bers on the sum­mit of Ben Ne­vis dur­ing a res­cue.

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