Ice rescue drama for Fylde climber

Ben Taylor with friends Ben Wright and Liam Hughes. Below: Ben Taylor after the ordeal.

Ben Taylor with friends Ben Wright and Liam Hughes. Below: Ben Taylor after the ordeal.

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A CLIMBER who was plucked from a ravine by a Mountain Rescue team after a terrifying 500ft fall has vowed to help fund-raise for the charity.

Ben Taylor had scaled a 1,115 metre summit in Glencoe, Scotland, with friends when he lost his footing, falling hundreds of feet into a gully.

Ben Taylor after the ordeal.

Ben Taylor after the ordeal.

The climber, from Kirkham, now plans to help raise funds for the rescuers whose helicopter airlifted him to hospital.

Ben and friends Ben Wright and Liam Hughes, all 26, were around 100 metres from the summit of Stob Coire on 
February 8, equipped with crampons, ice axes and rope, when he fell.

He said: “I probably slipped about 350ft and then I went over the edge and just thought it was over.”

With his friends still up the mountainside and being able to see Ben’s ice axe sticking out, they too had feared the worst.

But an experienced climber nearby abseiled to Ben, who had gone into shock, and lifted him from the gully to be airlifted out by Mountain Rescue.

At 6.30pm that night, just four hours later, Ben was discharged from Fort Worth Hospital, suffering only bruises.

Undeterred, Ben, an engineer at BAE Systems in Warton, is now planning to take part in more challenges to raise money for Mountain Rescue.

He added: “Maybe I can raise awareness of just how dangerous walking in the Highlands can be and help raise funds for Mountain Rescue as it’s under more and more demand.”

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