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Three people rescued from Cairngorm mountains

Rescuer in blizzard conditions Image copyright Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team
Image caption Rescuers going to the aid of a fallen climber on Saturday faced blizzard conditions

Three people have been rescued from the Cairngorms in two separate operations over the weekend.

The Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team was called out to a climber who had fallen in blizzard conditions on Saturday.

The 25-year-old man was airlifted to hospital by an RAF search and rescue helicopter from Lossiemouth.

On Sunday, a man and woman were rescued from a bothy by Braemar Mountain Rescue Team after becoming stranded in the Loch Etchachan area due to snow.

Following the incident on Saturday, the RAF helicopter crew had to fly in whiteout conditions.

Cairngorm MRT leader Willie Anderson described the pilot's flying skills as "awesome".

The man fell while climbing at about 3,500ft in Coire an Schneachda - the Corrie of Snows.

Image copyright Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team
Image copyright Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team
Image caption The man was taken by stretcher to a helicopter

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