Man taken to hospital after dramatic rescue in Cairngorms

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North-east mountain rescue volunteers battled severe weather conditions for eight hours to rescue a man who suffered a serious leg injury in a fall.

The man, who is in his 40s, was with a friend walking near Loch Avon, west of Ballater, in the Cairngorms at 5.30pm on Saturday when strong winds blew him into water and he sustained serious leg injuries as he fell. His friend called 999 and a team from Cairngrom Mountain Rescue (CMR), pictured, was flown to the scene by the 951 search and rescue helicopter based at Inverness, while a second team travelled to the scene by 4×4.

It is understood both of the walkers are from Glasgow.

CMR team leader Willie Anderson said: “The injured walker was high in the Cairngorms on steep ground, soaking wet and suffering from a serious injury.

“The party were survival skills enthusiasts, and had done everything possible to look after themselves, but the situation was very serious.

“After a brutal stretcher carry of several miles, rescuers were able to reach the stretcher party with 4×4 vehicles high in the ski area.

“After a prolonged rescue, the casualty was delivered to a waiting ambulance.”

The man was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.