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Police called to two separate deaths in the west Highlands

The Isle of Canna
The Isle of Canna

Police are investigating an unexplained but “non-suspicious” death on the island of Canna.

It was confirmed locally that the dead man, believed to be a visitor to the island, was found in the gardens of Canna House – one of the island’s principle tourist attractions.

It is understood that officers were transported to Canna aboard the Mallaig RNLI lifeboat.

A spokesman said: “Police Scotland can confirm that inquiries are ongoing following the discovery of the body of a man outdoors on the Isle of Canna. This was reported to police shortly after 11.30am on Monday, July 16.

“Inquiries are at an early stage but the death is being treated as non-suspicious. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.”

Just over an hour later police were again paged this time because a climber fell to his death while walking in the Lochaber area.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident on Carn Mor Dearg at 12.35pm yesterday.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 951 attended but the 58-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.

The team leader of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue John Stevenson said: “It was just to the south of the summit and it was all done by the helicopter because of the good conditions.

“They lowered a winchman down and there were people with him at the scene, just other climbers on the mountain.

“We were on standby at the bottom of the mountain in case we were needed but this time it was all done by the helicopter.”

Carn Mor Dearg is the eighth highest peak in the UK standing at 4,012 feet.

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