Hiker in 15m plunge from Munro airlifted to hospital with serious head injury

The hiker was airlifted to hospital for treatment to a serious head injury
-Credit: (Image: Scottish Mountain Rescue)

A hiker has been airlifted to hospital for treatment to a serious head injury after plunging 15m from a Munro in the Highlands.

Mountain Rescue Teams were scrambled Sgurr na Carnach, Five Sisters of Kintail, after receiving reports of the horror fall on Saturday, July 6. Crews attended and it emerged that the hillwalker had fallen around 15m from a rocky section near the summit of the 1,002m Munro.

The casualty was airlifted to hospital for treatment of a serious head injury, where their current condition is unknown. Images from the scene show the hiker being stretchered onto the helicopter by mountain rescue teams.

A statement from Scottish Mountain Rescue reads: "Glenelg Mountain Rescue team were called out on Saturday afternoon to assist neighbouring Kintail Mountain Rescue with an injured hillwalker who had taken a 10 to 15m fall down a steep section of rock near the summit of the Five Sisters of Kintail.

"Kintail MRT said the walker had sustained a serious head injury and Rescue helicopter 151 was tasked to uplift the casualty but due to low cloud cover was unable to do so. Thanks to the helicopter who put in a monster effort and did uplifts onto the hill to get team members as high as possible with all our equipment; we were able to get to the casualty fairly quickly.

"After initial assessment and medical treatment the team set up various stretcher lowers with a difficult stretcher carry across the ridge and were able to get the stretcher below the cloud and ready for a pick up from Rescue 151. The team then walked off the hill with the remaining party of the casualty and were home safe and sound by 11pm.

"Well done to both teams and to Rescue Helicopter 151 for the successful rescue. We're all wishing the casualty a full and speedy recovery."

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