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Skiers rescued by helicopter after night on freezing mountain
 
Glencoe 25 January 2018
Two skiers have been airlifted to safety from the side of a mountain in Scotland after surviving a night without shelter at 3,000ft. The pair, who had gone off-piste, called Police Scotland on Friday evening to report they were stuck at Bidean nam Bain in Glencoe. A mountain rescue team were dispatched, but had to call off the search when blizzards hampered their progress. After spending the night exposed to the elements, the pair were spotted by a Coastguard rescue helicopter, which had set off from Inverness at first light. The Coastguard said they were “found in a precarious position, next to a steep drop, before being winched onto the helicopter” at around 8.30am on Saturday morning. The pair were taken to Fort William, where they were treated by paramedics. The Coastguard warned visitors to the mountain not to “put yourself in any unnecessary danger,” adding: “UK mountains should not be underestimated as they can be unforgiving for even the most experienced people. “Sever weather condition could mean a change in your environment within minutes and navigation could be difficult.” Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team said “serious conditions” had lead to “some hard decisions being made on a call out lasting through the night”.


 
 
 
 
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