Lost snowboarder survives by hugging dog in blizzard

A snowboarder lost in a blizzard survived by cuddling his dog for warmth as they waited to be rescued.

The man dialled 999 after becoming disorientated in bad weather around 3,500ft (1,067m) up on Cairngorm in the Highlands at 5.45pm on Saturday evening.

Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team (CMRT) went to the scene and found him huddling in a bivvy bag with his dog when they reached him at around 8pm.

They walked the man and his pet back down the mountain to safety, with neither needing medical treatment.

Willie Anderson, CMRT team leader, said: "The man was well equipped but the weather was poor and he was a bit overwhelmed.

29 PHOTOS
Spring weather across the UK
See Gallery
Spring weather across the UK
A cargo ship rocks about in rough seas in the North Sea off the coast of Tynemouth. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
A car is submerged in flood water in York after the River Ouse bursts its banks, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flooding in Silsdend, Yorkshire, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK.
Flood water in York after the River Ouse bursts its banks, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A partially submerged road sign in York after the River Ouse bursts its banks, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flood water at Skipbridge near York as flood warnings remain in place across the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A partially submerged road sign in York after the River Ouse bursts its banks, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Partially submerged picnic tables in York after the River Ouse bursts its banks, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flood water in York after the River Ouse bursts its banks, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A partially submerged lifebuoy in York after the River Ouse bursts its banks, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Partially submerged picnic tables in York after the River Ouse bursts its banks, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Members of the public stand next to flood water in York after the River Ouse bursts its banks, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flood water in York after the River Ouse bursts its banks, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A member of staff from the Kings Arms in York jumps across flood water after the River Ouse bursts its banks, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flood defenses in York after the River Ouse bursts its banks, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A partially submerged bike stand in York after flood water after the River Ouse bursts its banks, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A member of staff from the Kings Arms in York jumps across flood water after the River Ouse bursts its banks, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Staff at the Kings Arms in York look on as flood water rises after the River Ouse bursts its banks, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
AUCTERARDER, SCOTLAND - MARCH 16: Members of the public walk through the snow on March 16, 2013 in Aucterarder, Scotland. The Met Office has issued a yellow be aware warning for snow across the country until 21:00 on Saturday. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
AUCTERARDER, SCOTLAND - MARCH 16: Members of the public walk through the snow on March 16, 2013 in Aucterarder, Scotland. The Met Office has issued a yellow be aware warning for snow across the country until 21:00 on Saturday. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
AUCTERARDER, SCOTLAND - MARCH 16: Members of the public walk through the snow on March 16, 2013 in Aucterarder, Scotland. The Met Office has issued a yellow be aware warning for snow across the country until 21:00 on Saturday. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
AUCTERARDER, SCOTLAND - MARCH 16: Members of the public walk through the snow on March 16, 2013 in Aucterarder, Scotland. The Met Office has issued a yellow be aware warning for snow across the country until 21:00 on Saturday. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Large waves hit the coast as spectators watch from rocks at Porthcawl, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
AUCTERARDER, SCOTLAND - MARCH 16: Members of the public walk through the snow on March 16, 2013 in Aucterarder, Scotland. The Met Office has issued a yellow be aware warning for snow across the country until 21:00 on Saturday. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Snowy condition on the A1 near Alnwick, Northumberland, the UK is to be battered by strong winds, rain and snow as an area of developing low pressure sweeps across the country. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
Snowy condition on the A1 near Alnwick, Northumberland, the UK is to be battered by strong winds, rain and snow as an area of developing low pressure sweeps across the country. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
RETRANSMITTED CORRECTING BYLINE Tourists during strong winds on Westminster Bridge in London. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
RETRANSMITTED CORRECTING BYLINE A tourist takes a photograph during strong winds on Westminster Bridge in London. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
A cargo ship rocks about in rough seas in the North Sea off the coast of Tynemouth. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

"It was really bad weather but we got to him. He was very cold, probably in the early stages of hypothermia.

"The dog helped keep him warm, the dog was absolutely fine.

"It was good that we got to him because he would have been in very poor condition by morning, there was a wind child of around minus 20C and it was a blizzard."

The man, who was from the Edinburgh area, was said to be well equipped and had checked information about avalanche risks.

Last week a dog was rescued after spending 48 hours lost in the Cairngorms.

The Inverness Coastguard helicopter spotted Ben on a narrow ledge with a 200ft (61m) drop below and winched him to safety.

The helicopter crew spotted the dog by chance while they were out on a training exercise in the area on Wednesday.

Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS