Man survives 800ft plunge

By Clare Carswell

Published: 07/01/2014

A 25-year-old walker who disappeared off a cliff edge in blizzard conditions would “most certainly” have died if he had not been found by mountain rescuers.

The fact that the man survived the fall itself in the Cairngorms on Sunday afternoon was “surprising” according to rescuers who searched through darkness and high winds and faced the risk of avalanches to find him.

Police received a 999 call at 3.10pm from the site of the accident at Coire Sputan Dearg on the south side of Britain’s second highest mountain Ben Macdui.

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