Episode 23

Wednesday 10th December at 7:30pm

The documentary series charting the work of the Scottish Highlands emergency services continues. In the first instalment this week, the Royal Navy attends the scene of a head-on collision with multiple victims; and a team of dedicated medics keeps busy at the Mountain Bike World Cup. In the second episode, the RAF races to save a woman missing on Ben Nevis, and a helicopter has to avoid dangerous power cables to save an injured man.

The RAF’s 202 Squadron scrambles to rescue a climber stuck 2,200ft up on Ben Nevis. Thirty-nine-year-old Claire Kitching is taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge, which involves climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in just 24 hours. She is now trapped at Halfway Lochan on Ben Nevis, her final peak, unable to to go any further as her knees have seized up –a painful and potentially serious condition. It is past 10 o’clock at night and visibility is poor as the RAF crew carefully lifts Claire into the helicopter and takes her to the bottom of the mountain. An ambulance meets them in Fort William to transport the patient to hospital, where Claire can reflect on her lucky escape.

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