The climber was winched from Ben Nevis. Photo: Peter CC-BY-SA-2.0

The climber was winched from Ben Nevis. Photo: Peter CC-BY-SA-2.0

A climber was winched from Britain’s highest mountain after falling and injuring himself.

The Inverness Coastguard helicopter flew to the site on Ben Nevis on Sunday after police were alerted to the incident, 1,000m (3,280ft) up on the mountain.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency released footage of the rescue, showing the winchman and the injured man swinging markedly on the wire as they are brought up into the aircraft from a ridge.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team was also called out to help the climber, who suffered injuries to his hand and leg.

A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “While many places were enjoying the sunny weather, the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Inverness was experiencing the last of the snow on Ben Nevis.

“The climber was assisted by the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team before he was airlifted to Torlundy and met by the Scottish Ambulance Service.”

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