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Man injured on Ben More Assynt

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A walker has been airlifted off a Highland mountain today after falling on whilst on a trek.

Ben More Assynt.
Ben More Assynt.

Stornoway Coastguard search and rescue helicopter was tasked at 3.45pm after the man was injured on 3274-ft high Ben More Assynt - about 19 miles north of Ullapool.

His condition is unknown.

Police said the man was with another walker and had suffered a leg injury.

In April 1941, all six of the crew on board an Avro Anson were killed when the aircraft crashed on Ben More Assynt. Due to the inaccessibility of the crash site, the crew were buried on the mountain – their final resting places marked with a cairn.

Two thousand feet up, the burial site is one of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s most remote grave sites in the UK and the logistics of replacing the original deteriorating cairn proved challenging. In the end, a Chinook helicopter from RAF Odiham had to be used to carry a new granite memorial to the burial site.

The memorial now marks the spot where Pilot Officer William Drew, Sergeant Jack Emery, Sergeant Harold Arthur Tompsett, Flying Officer James Henry Steyn, Sergeant Charles McPherson Mitchell and Flight Sergeant Thomas Brendon Kenny lost their lives when their aircraft crashed.

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