Man dies in Ben Nevis fall
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.