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Climber breaks ankle in Ben Nevis Point Five route fall

Climber on the Point Five route on Ben Nevis. Pic: Christopher Sleight
Image caption Point Five is one of the most popular routes on Ben Nevis

A climber has been recovering after falling in Point Five gully on Ben Nevis, breaking one ankle and seriously injuring the other.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and a Royal Navy helicopter crew went to the aid of the man on Saturday afternoon.

The man fell into the narrowest part of the gully and it was too tight a space for the Navy winchman to operate in.

A Lochaber team member, however, was able to pull the climber down and out of the gully during a six-hour rescue.

Rescue team leader John Stevenson said it was thought the man's crampons snagged during his fall, causing the serious injuries to his ankles.

Mr Stevenson said the alarm was raised at about 1430 GMT.

A small team of rescuers were airlifted to the summit of Ben Nevis, while others climbed up to the fallen man.

Mr Stevenson said the climber was in good spirits as he was carried by stretcher off the mountain.

Point Five is one of the most popular routes on Ben Nevis.

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