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Climber's joy at surviving plunge

RAF helicopter in Stob Coire nan Lochan rescue
The RAF rescue helicopter in Glencoe prepares to airlift the injured man

A climbing guide said he could not believe he survived a 700ft (213m) fall while leading three clients in Glencoe.

Max Hunter fell after a cornice - a mass of snow deposited by the wind which usually forms as an overhang - gave way.

Sunday afternoon's accident happened in the Stob Coire nan Lochan area.

Welshman Mr Hunter said: "I can't believe I am alive. The best feeling in the world was opening my eyes, seeing daylight and feeling the pain."

He added: "It told me that I had survived."

Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team and an RAF helicopter helped in airlifting the 39-year-old to Belford Hospital in Fort William.

Originally from Swansea, Mr Hunter moved to Fort William to be closer to the Scottish mountains. He works full-time for a climbing company.

He said: "It is the first time I have been involved in a drama like this and I am upset at having lost my clean sheet."

Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team leader John Grieve said Mr Hunter had been extremely lucky.

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