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Last Updated:  Sunday, 6 April, 2003, 13:52 GMT 14:52 UK
Climbers survive mountain rockfall
Glencoe - generic
The men were climbing in the Glencoe area
Three climbers had a lucky escape after hundreds of tons of rock fell as they were walking in the Highlands.

One of the men managed to jump to safety, but his two companions were caught up in the rockfall near Osians Cave in Glencoe.

John Grieve of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team said: "I don't know how they survived.

"Hundreds of tons of rock came down on them. Some of the boulders were the size of a car. They were very lucky."

Emergency services

The two injured walkers were flown to Belford Hospital in Fort William by an RAF helicopter.

According to Strathclyde Police, the men had suffered serious cuts and bruising but were not in a critical condition.

The incident happened on Saturday afternoon.

The three men, from the Edinburgh area, were aged in their late 20s and early 30s.

This was a major rockfall with huge rocks and boulders falling on the men. I don't know how they survived. They are very lucky.
John Grieve
Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team
The unhurt walker had to climb down the mountain to an area where his mobile telephone had a signal and he contacted the emergency services.

Mr Grieve said: ""There are always a number of rockfalls at this time of year but the chance of getting caught in one is incredibly remote.

"The two injured guys fell some distance with it and one landed with a boulder on top of him. I still don't know how they survived."

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