Avalanche survivor saved by axe
A survivor of one of the worst avalanche tragedy in the Highlands told yesterday of the moment when his friends were swept away to their deaths.
Thomas Leyland told an inquest that the snow cracked beneath them as they descended from Bidean nam Bian and five of the party of six were swept over a cliff.
Mr Leyland managed to dig his ice-axe into the snow and arrest his plunge, and was horrified when he later realised the rest of the group had fallen 1,000ft.
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