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Man airlifted to hospital after falling ill on Skye mountain

The Stornoway coastguard helicopter has been seen flying in the Blaven area as efforts to rescue an unwell walker continue.
A male walker was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital after becoming unwell whilst scaling Bla Bheinn on Skye. Picture by Sandy McCook.

A man was airlifted to hospital after falling ill while climbing a Skye mountain.

The walker was climbing Bla Bheinn mountain, also known as Blaven, when he became unwell around 12.20pm on Saturday.

A multi-agency rescue operation was launched, involving the local Skye mountain rescue team, police and the Stornoway coastguard helicopter.

The casualty was taken off the hill by mountaineers before being airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for medical treatment.

His condition is unknown.

Mountain Rescue teams are in attendance alongside the coastguard rescue helicopter and police
The local mountain Rescue team were in attendance alongside the coastguard rescue helicopter and police. Picture by Sandy McCook.

Onlookers reported seeing the coastguard rescue helicopter hovering in the area shortly after noon.

However, police confirmed the chopper was unable to land.

Members of Skye mountain rescue team instead scaled the 3,048ft peak to reach the man before walking him off the hill.

A police spokeswoman said: “Around 12.20pm on Saturday, 14 May, police were made aware of a man taken unwell on Bla Bheinn, Carbost.”

 

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