Man airlifted to hospital after leg injury on Scottish mountain

The four climbers were left stranded on the mountain near Glencoe overnight with no phone signal after the man suffered a serious lower leg injury.

Man airlifted to hospital after suffering leg injury on Scottish mountain as group left stranded overnight Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team

A climber was airlifted to hospital after spending all night on a Scottish mountain when he became injured during the ascent of the renowned peak.

The four-person party got into difficulty on Coire nan Lochan in Glencoe late on Thursday evening but were unable to make contact with emergency personnel after losing phone signal.

Mountain rescue squads were only alerted to the stricken group in the early hours of Friday morning, leaving them stranded in cold and wet conditions overnight.

They were eventually brought to safety and the injured party transferred to a medical facility in Glasgow for treatment on a lower leg injury.

The remainder of the group were uninjured and were allowed to return to ground level after being checked over by responders.

A spokesperson for Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team said: “Police Scotland requested us to attend a location in Coire nan Lochan at just after 6am on Friday, August 26 after they had received a 999 call from there, however, the call dropped out before any details could be given.

“As team members arrived at the location it became apparent that a group of four walkers became benighted after one of them sustained a lower leg injury.

“Finding that they had no phone signal in the growing darkness they took the commendable decision to sit tight and wait for first light before attempting to summon help.

“Team medics were able to asses and splint the injury, providing pain relief before handing over care to Rescue 151 from Inverness who were able to land on nearby and transport the casualty to hospital.”

They added: “Thanks again for the assistance from the crew of 151 and we all would like to wish the casualty a speedy recovery.”

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