Teenager on Duke of Edinburgh expedition rescued from gully
A coastguard helicopter rescued the teenager after he got into difficulty crossing a river near Ben Nevis.
A teenager on a Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition had to be winched to safety after he became stuck in a gully while trying to cross a river.
The 16-year-old got into difficulty while walking near Ben Nevis with a group of around 15 people.
One of the group walked for more than an hour to get a signal on their mobile phone to call for help and the alarm was raised at around 5pm on Wednesday.
The Inverness coastguard helicopter and Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team (LMRT) went to the scene, however LMRT members were not able to reach the boy safely as he was trapped in a precarious position in a steep gully near a fast flowing waterfall.
After some careful manoeuvring and several attempts on a 160ft winch line, paramedic winchman Scott Sharman was able to reach the boy and bring him to safety.
Mr Sharman said: “He did well to hold on in difficult conditions for nearly two hours until we arrived.
“He seemed pretty relieved to be on dry ground when we got him out.
“The teenager was taken to Belford Hospital with mild hypothermia but otherwise thankfully uninjured. We wish him a speedy recovery.”