Climber Plunges 1,000ft Down Peak - and Lives

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Byline: Lucinda Cameron

RESCUERS said a climber was lucky to be alive yesterday after he survived a 1,000ft plunge down a mountain.

A rescue helicopter crew found the man standing up, reading a map, when they flew to the scene to search for him.

The 35-year-old from Glasgow had just reached the summit of the 3,589ft Sgurr Choinnich Mor, around five miles east of Ben Nevis, when he lost his footing and fell down the extremely steep and craggy eastern slope of the mountain around 2pm.

A Royal Navy Sea King helicopter from HMS Gannet in Prestwick, Ayrshire, was already airborne for training and flew to the scene, arriving at 2.35pm.

The man was part of a group of 24 climbers, who pointed out the direction of their companion's fall to the helicopter team when they flew by.

Lieutenant Tim Barker, the crew's observer, said: 'We spotted a man at the bottom, standing up. We honestly thought it couldn't have been him, as he was on his feet, reading a map.

'Above him was a series of three high, craggy outcrops. …