A mountain rescuer had to put his skills to work when his partner fell while bouldering on a sea stack.

Bob Kerr, a member of Assynt Mountain Rescue Team, was first on the scene when Anna Luzinska, 25, was injured in a 3m (10ft) fall on to rocks at Strathy Beach, Sutherland. The climber, of Aberdeen, suffered suspected fractures in the fall on Saturday.

A Coastguard helicopter from Stornoway airlifted Ms Luzinska to Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, where she was treated for her injuries.

Ambulance staff and police also went to the aid of the woman, who was also helped by members of the public.

Mr Kerr said his partner expressed her gratitude to all those who came to her aid.

  • Bouldering is climbing at low levels without ropes or other protection. Boulderers tackle technical routes and sequences of holds which test their strength and climbing skills. Boulderers often use mats to break their fall, or spotters – climbing buddies who try to minimise their injuries when they come off the rock.