Rescue after two fall near Skye beauty spot

Sunday proved a busy day for the Skye Mountain Rescue team and local emergency services after call-outs to two separate incidents near a popular island beauty spot.

At around 3pm the mountain rescue team received a call after a man had slipped and suffered hip injuries while walking in Coire na Creiche, near the Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle. As rescuers arrived they quickly heard news of another casualty — a man who had slipped and fallen 20 feet into the pools, knocking himself unconscious.

Fortunately for the casualty a team of Royal Navy divers were on exercise at the pools at the time. They dragged the man out of the water, and though visably shaken he regained consciousness soon afterwards.

The man was winched clear by the Stornoway coastguard helicopter and transferred for further checks at the MacKinnon Memorial Hospital in Broadford.

Meanwhile, the walker at Coire na Creiche was treated by local paramedics and was then helped by the Scottish Ambluance Service’s heli-med helicopter, which had been in Broadford and was diverted to the scene. The injured man, who had suffered pelvic as well as hip injuries, was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

In total, eight Skye mountain rescue team members were involved in an operation that lasted some three hours.

Skye’s “Fairy Pools” attract thousands of visitors.    Photograph CC/John Allan