The first climber was winched from the North Face by the crew of the Royal Navy Sea King

The first climber was winched from the North Face by the crew of the Royal Navy Sea King

Two climbers were rescued in separate incidents on Britain’s highest mountain.

A cragfast climber was winched from the Douglas Boulder on Ben Nevis’s North Face today after Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 1.30pm.

The crew of the Royal Navy Sea King helicopter from HMS Gannet in Ayrshire joined the operation and the uninjured man was plucked to safety from the route.

While the rescue was underway, the Lochaber team received another call for help after a climber on the other side of the mountain, in Glen Nevis, took a fall.

The first climber got stuck on the Douglas Boulder on the mountain's North Face. Photo: Gareth James CC-BY-SA-2.0

The first climber got stuck on the Douglas Boulder on the mountain's North Face. Photo: Gareth James CC-BY-SA-2.0

The man suffered a dislocated shoulder in the fall from Scimitar Buttress overlooking Polldubh.

After treatment at the scene by mountain rescue team members, he was airlifted by the Royal Navy Sea King crew to hospital for further treatment.

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