Rescue as climber falls 90ft from Skye mountain

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The Cuillin Ridge. Pic, CC/Nigel Brown

A climber suffered serious injuries after falling 90 feet from a mountain on Skye this week.

The Skye Mountain Rescue Team received a call out shortly before 9am on Thursday, after the climber had fallen on Sgurr Thormaid.

Gerry Akroyd, the leader of the Skye Mountain Rescue Team, said the climber had broken a leg and arm, as well as sustaining head and abdominal injuries.

He added: “He was lucid, but the extent of the damage won’t have been known until he got to Raigmore in Inverness,”

The Stornoway coastguard helicopter lifted eight MRT team members to treat the injured climber, who was then air lifted to hospital in Inverness.

Mr Akroyd added: “He fell on scree slopes and bounced about 90 feet in all. Probably the ruck sack on his back saved him.”

A total of 16 MRT members attended the call out, which lasted for approximately six hours.