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Man Fell 1,000ft and Survived

A Climber plunged down a 1,000ft drop on a Scottish mountain - and walked away.
Adam Potter, 36, quickly became the subject of a rescue mission by a helicopter crew - who found him standing up, reading a map.

The climber had only just reached the summit of Scottish peak Sgurr Choinnich Mor, around five miles east of Ben Nevis, when the accident happened.

As he stood on top at 3,589ft with 24 other climbers he lost his footing and plummeted down the steep and craggy eastern slope of the mountain around lunchtime yesterday.

A Royal Navy Sea King helicopter from HMS Gannet in Prestwick, Ayrshire, was already airborne on a training exercise.

It was diverted to the scene and fellow climbers pointed in the direction he disappeared but the crew were just expecting to find a body.

And when they spotted him they did not immediately appreciate he was the one they were looking for.

Lieutenant Tim Barker, the crew's observer, said: "We began to hover-taxi down the slope and spotted a man at the bottom, standing up.

"We honestly thought it couldn't have been him, as he was on his feet, reading a map.

"Above him was a series of three high craggy outcrops.

"It seemed impossible. So we retraced our path back up the mountain and, sure enough, there were bits of his kit in a vertical line all the way up where he had obviously lost them during the fall.

"It was quite incredible. He must have literally glanced off the outcrops as he fell, almost flying."

A paramedic winched down to check on the man, from Glasgow, who was virtually unscathed but "shaking from extreme emotional shock and the sheer relief at still being alive".

He was winched on board the helicopter and taken to the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

Lt Barker added: "He is lucky to be alive.

"It's hard to believe that someone could have fallen that distance on that terrain and been able to stand up at the end of it, let alone chat to us in the helicopter on the way to the hospital.

"Really an amazing result - I have to say, when we got the call and realised the details of where he'd fallen, we did expect to arrive on scene to find the worst-case scenario."

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Re: Man Fell 1,000ft and Survived

This is one of those feel good stories. Should have had a real bad outcome and didn't. Wish there were more of these.

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This reminds me of that Billy Connolly comedy segment where he talks about tourists getting trapped on Ben Nevis.

Great story, Kellereporter!!

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He should NOT have been alive...He should NOT NOT NOT have been able to stand.


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That really is incredible! My god I am surprised he didn't die of shock afterwards!!

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Lucky man.

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Maybe he's a reptile undercover

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Crazy

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what a fucking cartoon

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Shaking with extreme emotional shock. FUCK me can you imagine how fucked up scared and adrenalin filled you would be ??? Hell you could probably die just from the shock !!!!

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