Woman and dog fall 40ft down steep gorge

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A woman in her 60s escaped serious injury when she fell about 40ft down a steep gorge while walking her dog in Lochaber.

The woman and her pet spent almost two hours in the water at the foot of the gorge, near Bohenie Oak Lodge at Roybridge, before they could be rescued by Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and local Coastguard volunteers.

A police spokesman said they received a 999 call about the incident just before 8.15pm yesterday and the pair were removed from the water soon after 10pm.

He said: “The woman had fallen approximately 35-40ft down a steep gorge while walking her dog. The dog was in the water as well.

“Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, the Coastguard and ambulance service were requested.

“The woman and her dog were both lifted out of the gorge by the mountain rescue team and the woman was taken to the Belford Hospital in Fort William by road ambulance.”

He said she was suffering from hypothermia, after spending almost two hours in the water, but was otherwise unhurt.

The dog was also uninjured in the fall.

The spokesman added that Rescue 137 – the Royal Air Force’s Sea King helicopter based at RAF Lossiemouth – also attended, but was not required.

The woman has not been named, but is known to come from the Ross and Cromarty area.