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Climber died trying to aid walker


A climber who died in a 70ft mountain fall in the Highlands has been named.

It is understood Alastair Aitken, 37, from Newcastle, fell to his death after stopping where another man had fallen.

An emergency was called at about 1655 GMT on Saturday after reports of a fall in an area known as the Lost Valley in the Three Sisters Gully in Glencoe.

It is thought Mr Aitken's party stopped to try to help another man who had fallen down the steep ravine, which rescuers said is deceptively dangerous.

Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team leader John Grieve said: "One of the climbers, somehow lost his balance and fell in. He was the one who was killed."

He added: "Two mates got down, got him out of the water and started resuscitation on him. They also got the other lad and put him in dry clothes and on to a ledge. They did extremely well.

"This spot has eroded over the years and it's not obvious that it's dangerous. You don't see the drop, which is about 60ft or 70ft on to boulders in the river.

"The fact the water level was low makes it all the more remarkable that the first guy survived."

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