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Woman dies on Coire an t-Sneachda in the Cairngorms

Coire an t-Sneachda in the Cairngorms
Mountain rescuers were called to reports of a casualty near Pygmy Ridge

A woman has died after being hit on the head by a falling rock on Coire an t-Sneachda in the Cairngorm mountain range.

Police Scotland received a report of a casualty near the Pygmy Ridge at about 14:30.

The woman, thought to be in her mid 50s, was among a group of six, climbing in pairs.

As she and her climbing partner made the ascent she was struck by a falling boulder.

He tried to resuscitate her but was unsuccessful.

The other four who had finished the route raised the alarm and Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team (CMRT) and the Royal Navy Sea King Helicopter Rescue 177 went to the scene.

Willie Anderson, team leader of CMRT, said: "They were climbing the route in three sets of two and as the last two went up quite a large stone boulder fell and hit the lady on the head.

"No-one dislodged it but there has been so much rain that lots of rocks are loose at the moment."

The group of six met through an online climbing forum.

A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

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