Second avalanche recovery as ‘full on winter’ renders – BBC News

Image caption Braemar Mountain Rescue Team said full wintertime circumstances had returned to Scotland’s mountains

A climber has been airlifted to hospital after being injured in an avalanche in the Cairngorms.

The man disabled his leg while climbing in Garbh Choire, Braeriach, on Saturday afternoon. He was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for treatment.

Braemar Mountain Rescue team was indicated that “full on wintertime conditions” had returned to Scotland’s mountains.

It was the second avalanche of the working day, with three climbers rescued from Ben Nevis earlier.

The climbers are being treated at Belford Hospital in Fort William. Their traumata were not considered to be life-threatening.

Three Coastguard rescue helicopters were used to help find the Ben Nevis climbers and take them to hospital.

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Image caption Coastguard Rescue helicopters had been involved in a salvage on Ben Nevis later on the day
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HM Coastguard said it had clambered apache helicopters from Inverness for the second save of the working day at about 18:30.

Braemar and Aberdeen mountain rescue teams were also announced out to help the man on the 1,296 m( 4,252 ft) Braeriach.

Following the save, the Braemar team posted a caution on its Facebook page that heavy snow in the mountains had produced an discontinue to the continue mild spell.

The post said: “Team called out tonight after a report of a climber having been avalanched in the Garbh Choire, Braeriach.

“Thankfully Coastguard Rescue 951 got into the area and uplifted the injured male who had sustained a leg hurt, thanks once again guys. Merriments too to Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team for responding.

“Take care out there beings, it’s full on winter positions, please read outlooks and pick your route.”

The Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, which was involved in the Ben Nevis save, also posted a alert about the chilly predicaments, saying: “A lucky escape for three climbers avalanched on the northern face of Ben Nevis this afternoon.

“With 30 cm of fresh snow and more descending, the avalanche gamble is great – plan carefully if you are heading out.”

‘Close attention’

Mountaineering Scotland said people needed to be particularly aware of health risks of avalanche after the snowfalls of the past two days.

The organisation’s Neil Reid said: “People has been extremely understandably forestalled by the absence of good snow and frost status this winter, but the abrupt advent of significant numbers of fresh snow – especially if it’s wind-blown – fetches its own dangers.

“It doesn’t mean you should necessarily stay away from the mountains, but careful choice of route is paramount.

“Our advice to anyone honcho for the mountains is to pay very close attention to the avalanche information materials and foreshadows provided by the Scottish Avalanche Information Service

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