Five British climbers, including a former Fife man, are reported to be safe after being stranded on a mountain peak in Pakistan on Sunday.
Initial reports said a Pakistan army helicopter airlifted two of the climbers to safety following an accident on a glacier but worsening weather meant three had to be left on Koyo Zom peak.
Among the stranded group was said to be former Leven man Alastair Swinton.
Karrar Haidri, the secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, said two climbers were rescued but the three remaining climbers had been spotted and that a helicopter was trying to reach them.
However, the Daily Telegraph reports that all five climbers — Mr Swinton, Will Sim, Uisdean Hawthorn, John Crook and Tom Livingstone — have now been brought to safety.
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Hundreds of local and foreign climbers scale mountains and peaks in northern Pakistan every year and accidents are common because of avalanches and sudden changes in weather.
Mr Swinton, 30, who was born in Fife and later moved to Chamonix, is said to have “cheated death” in 2013 when he was caught up in an avalanche in the Alps in 2013.
On his blog he says he comes from a family of outdoors people and tries “to be out in the mountains as much as I can enjoying my time, climbing, skiing, running and having fun.”