NE climber in rescue drama

Rick Allen following his rescue in the Himalayas. Picture: Sandy Allan
Rick Allen following his rescue in the Himalayas. Picture: Sandy Allan

A North-east climber has been rescued from one of the world’s highest mountains after being located by a drone.

Aboyne-based Rick Allen had been feared dead following a fall during a solo climb on Broad Peak in the Himalayas.

His rucksack was later spotted by a cook from base camp, before a drone was used to find him and guide rescuers to the 65-year-old’s location.

After being brought back to base camp with nothing more than “superficial cuts and frostnip”, he was flown by helicopter for further treatment.

Mr Allen and his climbing partner, Sandy Allan, from Newtonmore, had spent a few days making an attempt to reach the summit of Broad Peak.

Mr Allan decided to turn back due to high winds, while his friend opted to make a solo bid for the top.

He fell from an ice cliff during his ascent.

Thirty-six hours later, a Japanese cook thought he could see a rucksack in the distance on the mountain.

David Roeske, one of the climbers involved in the rescue, told a climbing website: “With the help of the drone pilot we were able to eventually locate him in very dangerous terrain – a fall would’ve taken him either down a crevasse or all the way to the base of the mountain,”

Broad Peak is the world’s 12th highest mountain.