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Mountain peak fall man thanks his Royal Navy rescuers

A climber who survived a 1,000ft (300m) fall down a mountain peak near Ben Nevis has personally thanked the Royal Navy crew which went to his aid.

Adam Potter, 36, from Glasgow, plummeted down the near-vertical eastern slope of Sgurr Choinnich Mor in January.

Mr Potter met the crew of the Royal Navy helicopter, which flies from HMS Gannet, at Prestwick.

His rescuers said they had been "expecting the worst".

However, after his fall, the HMS Gannet crew found Mr Potter standing looking at a map.

The landfill site manager was airlifted to hospital by helicopter but was found to have escaped serious injury.

He was treated at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow for a broken rib, back fractures in three places, whiplash and facial injuries.

Image caption Adam Potter and girlfriend Kate in the Royal Navy helicopter

Mr Potter, who is planning on climbing Everest, visited HMS Gannet with his girlfriend Kate Berry.

He said: "I wanted to meet the crew again and meet them when I could remember them.

"The one key point is I just feel absolutely lucky, extremely lucky.

"I've always lived life to the full and I will just continue to do so."

Mr Potter added: "I will certainly be careful up on the mountains, I always am, but this was one unlucky slip which resulted in me going to the hospital."

PO Taff Ashman, the paramedic who winched down to pick up the climber, said: "We were expecting the worst.

"We've been to a lot of guys that have fallen and more often than not anything over a couple of hundred feet you are expecting the worst.

"We were actually quite amazed when we eventually found Adam. I would rate him as one of the luckier rescues."

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