Injured hillwalker rescued from mountain as 'light was fading'

Oban Mountain Rescue and the Scottish Ambulance Service were alerted to the injured woman on Tuesday afternoon.

Injured woman located after mountain rescue mission launched on Ben Cruachan in Argyll Oban Mountain Rescue

A hillwalker was rescued as light was ‘fading’ after sustaining an injury on the Cruachan Ridge in Oban.

Rescue teams were alerted to reports of an injured woman on the ridge of Ben Cruachan, the highest mountain in Argyll and Bute, late on Tuesday afternoon.

A Coastguard rescue helicopter was deployed to locate the woman and an evacuation began just as light was fading.

Popular with hikers, the ridge walk to Stob Dàimh is lined with jagged peaks and rocky ridges and provides a circuit around the Cruachan reservoir.

Suffering a lower leg injury, the hillwalker was then airlifted to Oban Airport where the Scottish Ambulance Service attended to treat the patient and took her to Lorn and Islands Hospital.

Teams from Oban Mountain Rescue wished the casualty a ‘speedy recovery’.

They posted on Facebook: “Team were called out late afternoon to a hillwalker with a lower leg injury on the Cruachan Ridge. Coastguard rescue helicopter Rescue 199 was able to locate and evacuate the injured party just as light was fading and then hand over to the Scottish Ambulance Service at Oban Airport.”

A spokesperson for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We received a call from Police Scotland to attend an incident involving a female patient.

“The patient was retrieved by the Coastguard and one of our ambulance crews transported the patient from Oban Airport to Lorn and Islands Hospital.”

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