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Climber survives 1,000-foot plunge down Scottish mountain

January 31, 2011 |  7:42 am


A mountain climber who fell almost 1,000 feet not only survived the plunge but was on his feet and looking at his map when rescuers arrived.

Glasgow resident Adam Potter, 36, had just reached the summit of the 3,589-foot Sgurr Choinnich Mor, in the West Scottish Highlands, Saturday when he lost his footing and fell down the steep and craggy eastern slope of the mountain, reports the London Daily Telegraph.

A Royal Navy Sea King helicopter, already airborne for training, flew to the scene, arriving about half an hour after Potter fell. What they discovered shocked them.

"We honestly thought it couldn't have been him, as he was on his feet, reading a map," Lt. Tim Barker, the crew's observer, said.

"It seemed impossible. So we retraced our path back up the mountain and, sure enough, there were bits of his kit in a vertical line all the way up where he had obviously lost them during the fall.

"It was quite incredible. He must have literally glanced off the outcrops as he fell, almost flying."

Reportedly suffering only superficial cuts and bruises and a minor chest injury, Potter is recovering in a Glasgow hospital, where he was described as "doing fine."

-- Kelly Burgess

Video credit: Daily Telegraph