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Lucky Man

Postby GarryH » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:26 am

Was this chap lucky or not?............
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Re: Lucky Man

Postby colgregg » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:36 am

Doubly lucky!! The shock of realising he'd just survived the fall could have killed him. That's a great tale for him to tell the grandkids.
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Re: Lucky Man

Postby iainwatson » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:53 am

before reading the story i thought he had rolled down the 1000ft but it seems he actually fell the full 1000ft glancing off the crags as he went :shock:

i dont think lucky even comes close..............someone up above must have been watching over him to survive,let alone stand up and not be badly injured
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Re: Lucky Man

Postby Rekrab » Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:59 pm

can someone define "glancing"? to me Glancing is looking quickly at something, do they mean he "bounced" off the crags?
or something out of James bond where he jumps off an building and uses a series of awnings to cushion his fall.

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Re: Lucky Man

Postby ChrisW » Sun Jan 30, 2011 2:30 pm

I'm not sure 'lucky' adequately describes that :shock:
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Re: Lucky Man

Postby skuk007 » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:22 pm

Incredible, it was obviously not his time!
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Re: Lucky Man

Postby MacCookie » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:43 pm

Rekrab wrote:can someone define "glancing"? to me Glancing is looking quickly at something, do they mean he "bounced" off the crags?
or something out of James bond where he jumps off an building and uses a series of awnings to cushion his fall.

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Re: Lucky Man

Postby Caberfeidh » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:09 pm

It may be worth going there to glean bits of discarded kit from the rocky ledges... :D
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Re: Lucky Man

Postby Salahuddin » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:12 pm

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-New ... ly_Injured

Hope the link above works its got a interview with the lucky man himself!

survived a 1000ft drop :shock: ..... no one will even believe him without these articles...
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Re: Lucky Man

Postby kenny stewart » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:39 pm

My friends and i were on Stob Coire Easain yesterday and we heard the Chopper flying about to your west but could see nothing for the clag.

The funny thing about it "but not for this poor Chap" we were on the summit of SCE and peering into the north facing Corrie at the time. I made the comment that it was at lest a thousand feet drop and a body could reach a speed of 300 mph by the time it reached the bottom and more that likely he or she would lose everything on the way down even the shirt off his back.

This Bloke must be made of Teflon, Kryptonite or Rubber... And just in case he is a user of this Site, Best Wishes...... and whats next weeks Loto Numbers.
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Re: Lucky Man

Postby CheeseHat » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:44 pm

Caberfeidh wrote:It may be worth going there to glean bits of discarded kit from the rocky ledges... :D

Haha - that was pretty much my first thought too... But I'd rather not mess with this particular, invincible individual...
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Re: Lucky Man

Postby Stretch » Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:31 pm

His face looked pretty rough on the BBC news, but I'd say he's just glad that he was able to do an interview.
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Re: Lucky Man

Postby IainG » Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:58 pm

If you go to the sky link above, have a read at the acid comments folk have left regarding I'll prepared walkers, taxpayers footing the bill, the bloke should be charged with the cost etc...

A sign of the times we're in I suppose, no mention of a miraculous survival or, of course, the fact the helicopter was on a jolly, oops!, I mean training exercise, in the area anyway!

The particular hill was a fairly pointy affair if my memory is right, it was fairly steep.
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Re: Lucky Man

Postby Merry-walker » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:30 pm


Very scarey indeed. Poor thing. He'll be sore "in the morn"
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Re: Lucky Man

Postby Derek T » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:38 pm

This guy was certainly very lucky, but the headline doesn't seem to describe what happened.

These quotes are from his interview with Sky News:

"We were about 3,000ft up, give or take a few."

"I couldn't because I went over the cliff edge and gained lots of speed... I was trying to slow myself down with my feet, my hands, my walking pole.

"Then I'd go over another cliff and it went on and on this way.

"I spoke to the helicopter people this morning and they said three of those drops were over 100ft in height each so I was quite lucky."

"A paramedic was winched down to check Mr Potter, who was found at 2,600ft - making his fall around 1,000ft from the summit."

So, whilst the headline has us all imagining that he plumitted down a 1,000ft cliff with a few glancing contacts with the rock on the way and then miraculously survived hitting the deck at what would have been around 300mph, the truth is that he tumbled down a very steep rock face and survived three falls of 100ft each with a total descent of around 400ft. Not quite the same, but I still want to know his lottery numbers!
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