The woman was airlifted from the path near the 'halfway lochan'

The woman was airlifted from the path near the 'halfway lochan'

A walker was airlifted from Britain’s highest mountain after getting into difficulties.

The woman was walking on Ben Nevis yesterday when she complained of feeling unwell.

Emergency services were alerted about 4.30pm and a Coastguard helicopter from Stornoway, which was training with Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team in the area, flew to the scene and airlifted the woman from the mountain.

Police Scotland said: “After medical assessment the female was found to be suffering exhaustion.”

  • The Lochaber team also helped colleagues on the Isle of Skye when a walker got stuck on the Cuillin ridge.

The walker set off for the Cuillin, which has a reputation as the hardest ridge traverse in Britain, with a photo of a map on his mobile phone.

The man had only a poor signal but managed to text for help but could not give his position.

The Skye team asked the Lochaber colleagues to use the Sarloc system, which sends a message to a smartphone which, when a link is followed, allows rescuers to pinpoint the phone’s position.

The team in Fort William was then able to give the Skye rescuers a grid reference for the cragfast walker and the Stornoway Coastguard helicopter winched him to safety.

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