Climbers are being urged to take extra care when taking on the Scottish peaks, with four unrelated climbers injured in avalanches, according to reports.
A man had to be airlifted to safety after suffering a leg injury in an avalanche in the Cairngorms mountain range on February 4.
A helicopter was scrambled to the area at around 6.30pm and both Aberdeen and Braemar mountain rescue teams set upon the 1,296-metre summit in search of the avalanche victim.
The injured mountaineer was rescued by coastguard helicopter Rescue 951 from Garbh Choire in Braeriach. He was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for treatment.
Braemar Mountain Rescue Team took to Facebook to issue a warning, telling climbers and walkers to take care: “It’s full-on winter conditions, please read forecasts and pick your route.”
The incident at Cairngorms was the second avalanche of the day, with three mountaineers being saved by rescue teams, after an earlier avalanche on Ben Nevis – the highest summit in Britain.
The avalanche was on the north face of Ben Nevis, in Coire na Ciste, according to the HM coastguard.
Police reported that Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and three coastguard helicopters – two helicopters from Inverness and a third from Prestwick – took part in the operation to save the three avalanche victims.
All three were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Belford Hospital in Fort William.
Video footage circulating on social media shows the fiercely snowy conditions on Ben Nevis, shortly before the first avalanche struck.
Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team said on its Facebook page on Saturday: “A lucky escape for three climbers avalanched on the north face of Ben Nevis.
“With 30cm of fresh snow and more falling, the avalanche risk is considerable – plan carefully if you are heading out.”
Source: BBC News
Date Published: February 7, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown