Blàbheinn, scene of the rescue. Photo: Nick Bramhall CC-BY-SA-2.0

Blàbheinn, scene of the rescue. Photo: Nick Bramhall CC-BY-SA-2.0

A group of walkers was winched from a ledge on a mountain on the Isle of Skye after getting into difficulties.

The four were descending Blàbheinn on Thursday night when they called for help in fading light.

The Stornoway Coastguard helicopter was scrambled about 8.40pm.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson said: “The group lost communications with the emergency services and a co-ordinated effort from the UK Coastguard helicopter, Kyle and Broadford Coastguard Rescue Teams, Skye Mountain Rescue Team and Police Scotland was quickly put into action to locate them.

“The Coastguard helicopter was the first to reach the group and found them stuck on a dangerous ledge, 2,000ft high on Blàbheinn.

“Winch operator Robert Glendinning and winchman Peter Wood had to use all their skills to rescue the four – the winchman even climbing the cliff at one point – to reach them.

“The walkers were airlifted to Broadford Airfield, Isle of Skye. They were uninjured and required no medical treatment.”

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