Sunday, January 30, 2011

A magical tale of Potter's survival

For those (like me) left distraught by Murray’s loss in the Australian Open final to a dominant Djokivic, I have a heart warming tale from Scotland. Adam Potter, a climber on the 3,589ft Sgurr Choinnich Mor reached the summit of the Munro but lost his footing. He fell more than 1,000ft down an almost vertical slope and his fellow climbers feared for his life. A Navy helicopter was scrambled and began to search for the man. At the bottom of the slope they saw someone, standing and reading a map! Initially it was thought impossible that this could be the same man, given the series of rocky outcrops he must have hit on the way down. However on closer inspection a trail of climbing paraphernalia indicated that this was indeed the lucky Mr. Potter. The Guardian reported that he was bruised and cut with a minor chest injury and suffering from “extreme emotional shock and relief” but otherwise unscathed. The paramedic couldn’t believe the man was alive stating “he must have literally glanced off the outcrops as he fell, almost flying.”

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