Scottish Climber Dies after 500ft Fall in Alps
Byline: STUART MACDONALD
A SCOTS keep-fit fanatic has died after plunging 500ft from a mountain in the Swiss Alps while roped to his girlfriend.
Software engineer Colin Munro, 42, was climbing with Sue Brocklebank when a rock he stood on gave way and caused them both to fall.
The experienced climbers were attempting to scale the Piz Bernina mountain, the highest in the Eastern Alps, on September 16.
Mr Munro was a super-fit athlete who had undertaken some of the world's most gruelling marathons and mountain climbs. Miss Brocklebank regained consciousness after the fall and managed to call a mountain rescue team who airlifted them both to a nearby hospital.
Mr Munro suffered a broken neck and serious spinal injuries. He seemed to be recovering following several operations, but lost his fight for life after developing a blood clot in his lung.
Miss Brocklebank also suffered a broken neck and is still undergoing intensive rehabilitation.
Mr Munro had lived in Switzerland for eight years and worked for aerospace manufacturing company, Vibro-Meter. …