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Tributes to tragic hillwalker who died after plunging 80m from mountain on Skye

Tributes have been paid to a hillwalker who tragically died after plunging 80m while descending a mountain on the Isle of Skye.

Cops launched an urgent search for the missing man after the alarm was raised by a fellow walker on Sunday, 26 September.

The walker, named locally as Mike Campbell, fell while descending Blà Bheinn, also known as Blaven.

Emergency services launched a major rescue operation in a bid to find him, with 32 rescuers called in to assist.

Mountain Rescue Teams set out at around 1pm, while coastguard helicopters scoured the mountain from the skies.

Mr Campbell’s companion, who had raised the alarm, was quickly found safe and well.

However, after over eight hours of searching, the victim was sadly discovered.

Mr Campbell’s heartbroken best pal, Nickos Dickens, wrote: “Many thanks to all you Skye MRT. Mike was my best friend and I am devastated. RIP mate.”

Writing on a Facebook page for Skye’s Cullin, he said: “Got the dreaded phone call this morning my best mate Mike Campbell had a tragic accident on Blaven at the weekend RIP mate.”

And he added: “Mike Campbell was very experienced he had done all the munros and was recently out with me on Aonach Eagach in August.

Heartbroken pal Nickos Dickens paid tribute to his friend on social media

And replying to another member, Mr Dickens wrote: “I can’t get my head around this just now . It’s going to take me a long time but we have some great memories out on the hills”

Another praised the rescue team saying: “A great many thanks for your hard work. A very sad event for those of us who knew him.”

While a third wrote: “Sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to his family and friends. As above, goes to show that even the most experienced hikers & mountaineers can still get unlucky and make mistakes. Doing something he loved. Stay safe everyone.”

Tributes to tragic hillwalker who died after plunging 80m from mountain on Skye
The man has been named by friends as Mike Campbell

In a statement, Skye Mountain Rescue said: “On Sunday afternoon at 13:30 Skye MRT were called by the police to search for a male hillwalker reported to have fallen whilst descending from the summit of Blaven.

“An immediate request for helicopter assistance was made along with a full team call out. On arrival at Loch Slapin the coastguard helicopter, R151 from Inverness, was on hand and able to uplift 3 MRT members to the nearby peak of Slat Bheinn and make a visual location on the caller.

“At around 15:30 a weather front pushed through making any further uplift or searching by the helicopter impossible and the remaining team made their way on foot to around 700m.

“Sadly, at 17:00 the missing male was found deceased after falling approximately 80m. His companion who raised the alarm was accompanied to safe ground and walked off the hill.

“32 rescuers were involved in the search and recovery operation, on precarious ground, in an incident that lasted over eight hours.

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“Many thanks for the additional support from Kintail Mountain Rescue who were on hand to aid us with the recovery and also Jack Morris and Schianiela Wright, 2 mountain guides who were on the hill at the time.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased.”




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