A climber was airlifted from a Skye mountain after being unconscious for five and a half hours after plunging on to rocks.
The man suffered multiple serious injuries, including injuries to his head, spine and legs.
The man, in his 30s, was heard to fall near the head of Garbh Coire in the southern Cuillins.
Seventeen members of Skye Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) were sent after the alarm was first raised at around 12.20pm on Friday.
The Stornoway-based coastguard search and rescue helicopter airlifted them up the mountain.
Skye MRT leader Neil Urquhart said: “Another party on the hill had heard the climber’s shout as he fell, but were unable to find him and it was not clear where he was. It took us three and a half hours to find him.
“Most people would not have survived that. He was unconscious for the five and a half hours he was on the hill – until they got him in the helicopter. I have never seen anybody with trauma be that unconscious in 35 years of mountain rescue.”
The man was flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. His condition is believed to be serious.
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