The man was attempting an ascent of Observatory Gully on Ben Nevis's North Face. Photo: Peter CC-BY-SA-2.0

The man was attempting an ascent of Observatory Gully on Ben Nevis's North Face. Photo: Peter CC-BY-SA-2.0

A man was rescued from Britain’s highest mountain as Storm Abigail struck the country.

Rescuers said the walker, who suffered chest injuries, faced ‘certain death’ on Ben Nevis’s North Face.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team was called out on Thursday evening as atrocious weather hit the 1,344m (4,409ft) mountain.

The team found the injured man on high on a snow slope in Observatory Gully and lowered him down to the CIC hut near the head of the Allt a’ Mhuilinn.

He was then checked over before being taken off the mountain.

A Lochaber MRT spokesperson said: “Troops have just returned from the eye of hurricane ‪Abigail‬ rescuing a hillwalker attempting ‪Ben Nevis‬ via Observatory Gully.

“On the scale of difficulty this route is certain death. The casualty was found high on a snow slope with chest injuries and lowered down to the ‪CIC‬ hut. Here he was properly checked over and then taken down the rest of the way by the ‪Polaris‬ bikes. A very difficult rescue in atrocious weather with a very good outcome.”

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