Missing French hillwalker found alive after 30 hours in the Cuillins

A hillwalker was rescued yesterday (Wednesday) after spending a night stranded in the Cuillins on Skye.

Land and air searches began on Tuesday night after Frenchman Thierry Coffie failed to return from a day’s walking.

The Police, Skye Mountain Rescue Team, RAF mountain rescue team, the coastguard and search and rescue dog teams were all involved in the search for the 58-year old, who had set off around 10am on Tuesday to climb in the An Dorus area of the Cuillins, near to Sgurr a Mhadaidh and Sgurr a Ghreadaidh.

In heavy wind and rain rescuers searched long into the early hours of Wednesday morning for the missing man, but it was around 330pm on Wednesday when he was eventually traced, near the north side of Loch Coruisk.

Skye MRT leader Gerry Akroyd said the walker, who is understood to be a medical doctor, had scrambled down a distance of a couple of miles, and had reduced the risk of hypothermia as a result. However, he had sustained wrist, leg and back injuries and was transferred to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for further treatment.

The climber had been in the Sgurr a’ Ghreadaidh area of the Cuillins. Photograph CC/John Allan