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Walker, 66, falls 130ft to his death while hiking UK mountain with his two sons

Walker, 66, falls 130ft to his death while hiking UK mountain with his two sons

A rescue team and helicopter were sent to retrieve the body

A walker fell 130ft to his death while hiking a mountain in Scotland with his two sons, the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team has confirmed.

The 66-year-old man was walking on the Carn Mor Dearg Arete in Scotland when the awful tragedy took place over the weekend (27 August).

It is believed the man was a visitor from England and was with two of his sons at the time.

A 66-year-old man fell to his death while hiking Carn Mor Dearg Arete in Scotland.
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Ten rescuers from the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team were sent to retrieve the walker's body after being called out to the scene around midday.

The cloud conditions on Sunday improved enough to allow a coastguard helicopter to retrieve the body along with the other surviving walkers of the group.

A report looking into the incident will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

Iain Murray, leader of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, said: "He fell a considerable distance in a very steep place.

"I believe he had two of his sons with him and so this is a particularly tragic event for them."

LADbible has reached out to the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team for further comment.

In a separate incident, the coastguard helicopter from Inverness was also enlisted in airlifting out a man and woman in their 20s from nearby just a few hours later about 3.00pm.

The pair were rescued by the helicopter and taken to Torlundy.

One of the two hikers had unfortunately become stranded due to nerves up on the ridge, which also links the mountain to Ben Nevis which is currently the highest mountain in the UK standing at a staggering 1344m/4409ft.

Just earlier this month, three hillwalkers were found dead after failing to return from a 'dangerous' hike in Scotland.

Arete leading from Carn Mor Dearg to the summit of Ben Nevis.
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Police and other emergency services were called to Aonach Eagach Ridge on the evening of 5 August after the group were reported missing.

The narrow ridge stretches six miles and is over 3,000ft high, with guides warning hikers that they must be suitably experienced before attempting it.

Following a search by Police Scotland, HM Coastguard, the RAF and the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, all three bodies were eventually recovered.

Confirming the tragic news, Police Scotland said that their deaths were not currently being treated as suspicious.

A spokesperson for the force said: "We were made aware of concern for a group of three hillwalkers who had not returned from the Aonach Eagach ridge in Glencoe shortly after 9.05pm on Saturday 5 August.

"A search was carried out and the bodies of three people were found.

"HM Coastguard as well as Glencoe and RAF mountain rescue teams assisted with the recovery operation.

"There do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal."

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