Party of four winched to safety from mountain on Skye

The hillwalkers had been up Bla Bheinn. Pic, CC/Gordon Hatton

A party of hillwalkers had to be winched to safety from a Skye mountain last night (Thursday).

The Stornoway-based Coastguard helicopter was the first to reach the four walkers, who were found stuck on a dangerous ledge, 2,000ft up on Bla Bheinn in the south of the island.

The party of four – two Germans, one French and one Czech – were descending the mountain when they got into difficulties due to fading daylight. They decided to call for help at around 8.40pm.

The group lost communications with the emergency services and a co-ordinated effort from the UK Coastguard helicopter, Kyle and Broadford Coastguard rescue teams, Skye mountain rescue team and Police Scotland was quickly put into action.

16 members of the Skye MRT were standing by at the team’s base at Sligachan, but the helicopter crew was able to complete the rescue before nightfall.

Winch operator Robert Glendinning and winchman Peter Wood had to use all their skills to rescue the four – the winchman even climbing the cliff at one point to reach them.

The walkers were airlifted to the airstrip near Broadford. They were uninjured and required no medical treatment.