The avalanche happened on Braeriach. Photo: Jim Barton CC-BY-SA-2.0

The avalanche happened on Braeriach. Photo: Jim Barton CC-BY-SA-2.0

A climber has been injured in a second avalanche in the Scottish Highlands.

Braemar Mountain Rescue Team was called out on Saturday evening after the incident on Braeriach.

The man suffered a leg injury when he was hit by the avalanche in the Garbh Choire on the 1,296m (4,252ft) peak in the Cairngorms.

Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team was also alerted and the Inverness Coastguard helicopter also flew to the scene. The injured climber was airlifted from the mountain by the aircraft crew.

Earlier in the day three climbers were injured in an avalanche on the North Face of Ben Nevis and were also joined in the rescue by three Coastguard S-92 helicopters. A Lochaber spokesperson said the three had a ‘lucky escape’.

A Braemar MRT spokesperson said: “Take care out there people, it’s full-on winter conditions. Please read the forecasts and pick your route.”

Two avalanches have also been recorded by the Scottish Avalanche Information Service on Cairn Lochan in the Cairngorms.

High winds are forecast for the Highlands, with further snow expected through the afternoon and as night falls on Monday. Winds could reach 90mph on the summits.

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