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Hiker dies after plunging 80ft in horror fall while climbing down mountain peak

A hiker was killed after an 80ft plunge from a Scottish mountainside.

Mike Campbell, 63, died on Sunday after falling over the Isle of Skye peak in “extreme weather”, cops said.

The Sun reported that many tributes were paid to the Kilmarnock Mountaineering Club member and well-known hiker Mike Campbell.

Mark Dootson, the chairman of the club, wrote on Facebook that Mike was a valuable member of their community.

Mark wrote: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our member Mike Campbell on Sunday as the result of a tragic accident on Blaven on Skye.

“Details are very limited at the moment, but our thoughts are with his sons, his mum and the rest of his extended family.”



Emergency services were called to the scene after Mike's companion saw him fall
Emergency services were called to the scene after Mike’s companion saw him fall

Emergency services were called to the scene at 1.20pm on Sunday after Mike’s walking companion said something was wrong.

Although a coastguard helicopter was dispatched from Inverness, the weather conditions became more severe and rescuers had to continue their search on foot.

Skye Mountain Rescue issued a Facebook statement in which they confirmed that they had been called out to help after the tragedy.

“An immediate request was made for helicopter assistance along with a full-team call out.



Mike Campbell was hiking in the Isle of Skye during extreme weather conditions
Mike Campbell was hiking in the Isle of Skye during extreme weather conditions

“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.”

The heroic rescue team added: “His companion, who raised the alarm, was taken to safety and walked down the hill with him.

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

“We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones.

Police Scotland confirmed that there was no suspicion of foul play.

Hiker dies after plunging 80ft in horror fall while climbing down mountain peak
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