The man was clinging to a tree on crags above Loch Katrine

The man was clinging to a tree on crags above Loch Katrine

A walker was rescued from a ledge on a Trossachs mountain where he was clinging to a tree, after his calls for help were heard.

A resident near Loch Katrine alerted police after hearing his cries from crags on Ben Venue.

Lomond Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 3.20pm on Tuesday.

A team spokesperson said: “On arrival, team members could see a male walker cragfast on a small ledge holding on to a tree for security, not far from the skyline above the loch’s sluice gate.

“Once the team reached his position, he was secured and the decision was taken to lower the casualty, on a harness, down to safe ground. After five straightforward technical lowers he was then short-roped down the remaining slope to the path about 150m from the sluices.

“The casualty was cold and anxious, with a few minor cuts to his hands, and was very grateful to everyone for their assistance.”

The rescue involved 10 volunteer members of the Lomond team and took three hours.

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