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Mountaineer dies after falling almost 100ft into Munro gorge during Storm Dennis

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A mountaineer has died after falling into a gorge on a Highland mountain during Storm Dennis.

Nineteen members of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team were called to Stob Ban, in Glen Nevis, in “challenging” conditions on Sunday.

The call-out came into police at 1pm as Storm Dennis brought strong winds, snow, hail, and thunder and lightning to the area.

The walker, a 42-year-old man, fell almost 100ft from a path into a gorge. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The mountain rescuers spent six hours locating and removing the man from the hill.

A statement from the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team reads: “The team were out again yesterday afternoon for a particularly challenging call-out amidst Storm Dennis.

“A person fell from the path approximately 30m on Stob Ban into a gorge. Sadly his injuries were fatal.

“It then took an extraordinary effort from 19 members of LMRT to extricate and then evacuate the casualty off the hill which which all in all took around six hours.

“This was only made more difficult by the constant wind which blew multiple members off their feet meaning gusts of up to 50mph approximately, along with wind, hail, snow, thunder and lightning to add to the mix.

“A massive thanks to all involved (you know who you are) for efforts required to complete this rescue. At this time our thoughts go out to friends and family of the casualty.”

A Highland Police Division statement reads: “We can confirm that a man has died after an incident in Glen Nevis.

“The 42-year-old suffered a fall from the path for Stob Ban on the south side of the glen.

“The incident was reported to police shortly after 1pm on Sunday, 16 February.

“The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was recovered by the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.

“A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Inspector Isla Campbell, of Fort William Police Station, said: “Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this time.

“I would also take the opportunity to thank our partner agencies for their assistance.”

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