Man rescued after 820 ft cliff plunge

Braemar mountain rescue volunteers were involved in a major recovery operation after a hill walker fell from a cliff in the Cairngorms.

The man is thought to have plunged around 820 ft (250m) off a cliff in the area of Coire Sputan Dearg near Ben Macdui in the southern part of the range at around 3.30pm on Sunday, January 5.

A large scale rescue operation involving Braemar, Police Scotland and Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Teams was launched at around 6.30 pm.

The teams then worked hard in challenging conditions to evacuate the man by stretcher before he was airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by a Royal Air Force rescue helicopter.

The 25-year-old was part of a group from England who had been hoping to enjoy some time in the mountains.

He was found with two companions.

As the Piper went to press on Wednesday morning, his condition in ARI was reported to be ‘serious.’

Across Scotland there are 27 volunteer mountain rescue teams (including Scottish Cave Rescue) with over 1000 volunteers, plus an additional three Police teams and two RAF teams.

Braemar Mountain Rescue Team operates from two bases in the Cairngorm National Park- Braemar and a subsidiary base in Ballater.

Formed in 1965 by a group of local people who were concerned about the increasing number of mountain accidents, they now attend around 40 incidences a year. Volunteers are always welcomed.

In 2001, the body of a US F15 pilot was found in the area of Coire Sputan Dearg following a crash in blizzard conditions.

After a massive air and land search he was found wrapped in his parachute around 200 m from the plane wreckage.