The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

Climber dies after 50ft fall

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A climber has died after falling 50 feet in the Cairngorms.

He was airlifted yesterday by a coastguard search and rescue helicopter to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness but was later pronounced dead.

The man from England was the lead climber on a testing 200-feet route on Coire an Lochain – 3000 feet up on Cairngorm Mountain.

The alarm was raised around 10.20am and 10 members of Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team and six from Glenmore Lodge were mustered.

Willie Anderson, leader of Cairngorm MRT, said: “There were two climbers on a roped rock climb and the lead climber fell about 50 feet. They were on a rock route which is graded as severe. The man who fell suffered serious injuries.

“The helicopter crew did a fantastic job in misty conditions. He was in a tricky position and they did well to get to him.”

A police spokeswoma­n said: “The man was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness with serious injuries, however, sadly died shortly after arrival.”

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