Police name Aboyne mountaineer

The Carn Mor Dearg Arete under deep snow one Spring
The Carn Mor Dearg Arete under deep snow one Spring

The mountaineer who died from a fall near Ben Nevis has had his identity confirmed as a man from the Aboyne area of Aberdeenshire.

Police named the man as Steven Fogg, 56-years-old, from Dess, near Aboyne.

Police Scotland received a report of a mountain rescue incident on the Carn Mor Dearg Arete in Fort William.

A group of three walkers were in the area when Mr Fogg slipped and fell.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue attended, along with the Coastguard Helicopter.

A statement from the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team read: “Four members of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team were deployed to the scene of the incident and recovered the body of the casualty from a point about 200 metres below the crest of the Carn Mor Dearg Arete.

“The recovery was fairly technical given the difficulty of the terrain where the accident occurred, and involved a 100-metre lower with a stretcher to a point where the helicopter could winch the casualty on board.”

Mr Fogg was airlifted to the Belford Hospital in Fort William, but he sadly died from his injuries.

He fell approximately 600 feet.

Councillor Geva Blackett, who serves Aboyne as well as upper Deeside and Donside, said: “I was very sad to hear of Mr Fogg’s death, and my heart goes out to his wife and family at this difficult time.

“This tragic loss of life serves to remind us of the vital role played by the mountain rescue teams around Scotland, and their selfless desire to save life whenever possible.”

A report regarding Mr Fogg’s death will be submitted to the Proscurator Fiscal.

The Carn Mor Dearg Arete joins Scotland’s eighth highest mountain to Ben Nevis.