Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Man in flip-flops rescued from peak

A man in flip-flops had to be stretchered off a mountain by rescuers

A tourist had to be stretchered off a mountain after hurting his ankle while climbing on one of Scotland's highest peaks - in flip-flops.

The man and two friends were exploring 4,006ft Aonach Mor near Fort William when he slipped and hurt his ankle.

A team from Lochaber Mountain Rescue were called out and were surprised to see the casualty's choice of footwear.

They reported that one of his companions was bare-foot when they saw him and the other was wearing trainers.

It is understood they took the gondola up the mountain - a sister peak of the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis - on Wednesday and set off to reach a snow patch.

Rescue team leader John Stevenson told the Press and Journal newspaper: "We told them next time they come back to Scotland to stand on snow they should wear something more appropriate, like a good pair of boots."

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