Man seriously ill after two rescued from mountain

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A man is seriously ill in hospital after he and a fellow climber were rescued from a Scottish mountain.

The pair, aged 57 and 49, had been climbing Boomerang Gully on the 3,658ft-high (1,115m) Stob Coire nan Lochan, near Glencoe, when they went missing on Friday after an avelanche.

A search was launched that evening but, despite the efforts of the coastguard and mountain rescue teams from Glencoe and Lochaber, there was no sign of them.

The coastguard helicopter from Stornaway did see evidence of an avalanche in the area, however.

The search was suspended late on Friday night due to the weather conditions.

Early on Saturday, searchers set out again.

A coastguard helicopter from Inverness flew mountain rescue team members from Glencoe and the Cairngorms to the area, while another coastguard helicopter from Prestwick began the search.

Police Scotland said the elder man is in a life-threatening condition at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, while the other climber is stable at Belford Hospital in Fort William.

It is understood they were suffering from the effects of hypothermia.

Brian Bathurst, deputy leader of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, told the Scottish Sun: “It would have been well into the minuses last night – very cold.”

The risk of avalanche in Glencoe on Friday and Saturday had been rated “considerable” by the Scottish Avalanche Information Service.

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