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Mountain rescuers bump into Everest climber Sir Chris Bonnington on Suilven

© SYSTEMChris Bonnington with  Assynt MRT.
Chris Bonnington with Assynt MRT.

A mountain rescue team bumped into one of the sport’s all-time greats as they returned from helping an injured walker.

The Assynt Mountain Rescue Team were on their way down Suilven on Friday when they met Everest climber Sir Chris Bonington.

Team leader Sue Agnew said: “It was quite a surprise but a big morale booster for the team.

“He was just out walking and had not climbed Suilven this time, but we have had a recent experience of dealing with a couple of fatalities, so this was quite a lift for the team.”

Sir Chris, 86, has joined 19 expeditions to the Himalayas, including four to Mount Everest. He briefly became the oldest known person to summit Mount Everest in 1985, at the age of 50.

The climber, who had a leg injury, was taken to hospital by the Stornoway Coastguard helicopter.