Sgùrr Thuilm. Photo: Mick Garratt CC-BY-SA-2.0

Sgùrr Thuilm. Photo: Mick Garratt CC-BY-SA-2.0

A man has died in a fall on a munro in the Scottish Highlands.

And rescuers have found the body of a walker who had been missing for almost two weeks after he fell through a cornice on a Lochaber mountain.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team was called out on Saturday to Sgùrr Thuilm, 8km (5 miles) north of Glenfinnan. Police have not released details of the walker, whose body was recovered by the Lochaber team from the 963m (3,160ft) peak.

Members of the Lochaber team were also joined by colleagues from the Tayside team and the Lossiemouth RAF Mountain Rescue Service on Beinn a’ Chaorainn where the body of 55-year-old Jim Stalker was found.

Mr Stalker was reported missing after he fell from the mountain, west of Creag Meagaidh, on 11 February. The Inverness Coastguard helicopter also joined the search for the missing walker.

Lochaber MRT said 38 people had been involved in the operation on the mountain, north of Glen Spean.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Fort William police would like to extend their condolences to Jim’s family and friends and thank all who have been involved in searching for him.”

A Lochaber MRT spokesperson said: “It was a day of fantastic effort by all the people involved in all the rescues unfortunately tinged with more than a fair bit of sadness.

“Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all the casualties we have had on Scottish Mountains this winter.

“Jim was a close friend of several team members and known to most others. It was a difficult rescue but we were pleased that we were able to bring him home to his family.”

Two other walkers remain unaccounted for in the Highlands.

Marcin Bialas was reported missing after a fall close to the summit of Ben Nevis on 21 January. Numerous searches for the 36-year-old in the Observatory Gully and Gardyloo Gully areas failed to find the walker.

Neil Gibson is missing in the Achnashellach area despite extensive searches by rescue teams. The body of Mr Gibson’s brother Alan, with whom he was walking, was found on 10 February on Beinn Liath Mhòr and body of the brothers’ dog was found on Thursday.

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