Three walkers needed mountain rescuers' help on Ben Nevis

Three walkers needed mountain rescuers' help on Ben Nevis

Two walkers reported missing on Britain’s highest mountain were found safe and well.

The men, who were tackling the Three Peaks challenge, had last been seen on the early hours of Sunday on Ben Nevis.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team was alerted at 8.30am and began a search. The walkers were quickly found making their way down off the mountain south of the summit near the Allt Coire Eoghainn waterslide above Glen Nevis.

The rescue team also went to aid a walker yesterday who had suffered an ankle injury on the mountain and been helped part way down by other walkers.

The walker was carried down to a point below the cloudbase where a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter from HMS Gannet in Ayrshire winched the casualty aboard and airlifted the walker to hospital.

Forecasters were warning of severe weather on Scotland’s mountains today as hurricane-force winds hit the area’s high ground, and temperatures fell to freezing on the tops.

The CairnGorm Mountain ski resort closed to all snowsports after recording a wind speed of 100mph (160kph) on the mountain.

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