2020-02-11 11:01:05 UTC
Rescuers said four people helped from Ben Nevis were lucky to be alive.
They said the group who were caught in blizzard conditions had "no ice axes,
no crampons and as far as we are aware no maps". Three of them were wearing
Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team found them near the summit of the mountain.
All four were taken by helicopter from part-way down the mountain to be
checked over at Belford Hospital in Fort William.
The rescue helicopter, R151, could not be used near the summit because of the
severity of the conditions.
In a statement, the rescue team said: "All casualties lifted from Half Way
Lochan by R151 and transported by Team to the Belford Hospital. Extremely
lucky people. No winter kit - no ice axes, no crampons and as far as we are
aware no maps.
"Three of the guys were in trainers. They were about 150 metres down into
Coire Eoghainn on steep ice and if they had slipped or gone down any further
consequences could have far more serious."
They added: "Could have so easily ended up so different."
The rescue team described the weather as "horrendous" with the wind chill
The rescue on Britain's highest mountain comes in the wake of Storm Ciara and
amid Met Officeyellow "be aware" warnings of high winds and snow.