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Braeriach hillwalker rescued after night search

The search Image copyright Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team
Image caption The rescue team helped the walker down to below cloud level where they were airlifted to safety

A hillwalker has been rescued after getting lost in thick mist and strong winds on the top of Scotland's third highest mountain.

The Cairngorm Mountain Rescue was called out at 17:30 to help the walker on the 1,296m (4,252ft) Braeriach.

A dozen rescuers were dropped off by helicopter and then carried out line searches on the summit plateau.

The walker was found at about 23:30 on Friday and was taken down the mountain before being airlifted to safety.

The condition of the casualty is not known.

The rescue team said it was a "demanding" search in "thick mist, driving drizzle and a strong breeze" with visibility dropping to 10m (33ft) even before it got dark.

Team Leader, Willie Anderson said " I don't mind admitting that I was getting a bit concerned.

"We had very little to go on in terms of where this gentleman was likely to have gone in the mist, and anyone who has been on Braeriach knows that it is a massive, complex hill, with a featureless plateau, ringed by cliffs and crags.

"All we knew was that he was still very high, but tucked out of the wind in boulders, which was good for his welfare, but was going to make spotting him tricky ."

He added: " The hill parties had done a great job of searching in dreadful visibility, but we knew that we were running out of options.

"Luckily we have folk in the team who know these hills really well, and we reckoned that there was an outside chance that the gentleman had descended an isolated spur - which was where we found him. "

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