Highlands & Islands

Woman dies in Cuillin hills rockfall

Cuillin hills range, Skye
Image caption The accident happened in the Cuillin area of Skye

A female climber has been killed in a rockfall on a mountain in the Highlands.

Mountain Rescue said the woman was hit by a boulder that was dislodged by her climbing partner on the Cioch Direct climb on the Cuillin hills on Skye.

Her climbing partner was also injured when he fell with the boulder in the incident at about 1500 BST.

A man and a woman in a separate climbing party were also injured by the boulder.

A third party of climbers narrowly escaped being injured when they jumped out of the rock's path, emergency crews said.

None of the people involved have yet been formally identified.

'Iron man'

All three of the injured climbers were taken to the Dr MacKinnon Memorial Hospital in Broadford on Skye.

The woman in the second party suffered injuries to her back and chest, while the man she was with broke a shoulder and hand.

The man then walked down the mountain to raise the alarm.

Gerry Ackroyd, from Skye Mountain Rescue, said: "He walked off down the hill for help. He must have been some kind of iron man to do that with his injuries.

"He was taken to hospital by ambulance."

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