Hillwalker fell to his death holding his dog in one hand

It is believed that the reason why hillwalker, Kyle Sambrook, fell to his death when falling 30 meters (100 feet) while walking in Glencoe Gorge, was partly because he was carrying his beagle, Bane, in one hand while traversing a steep slope.

Kyle Sambrook, 33, with his beagle Bane
Kyle Sambrook, 33, with his beagle Bane. Photo credit as per the image.

Kyle Sambrook was a landscape gardener. He was from West Yorkshire and discovered in a gully about 2,625 feet up on a part of Glencoe Gorge called Stob Coire which is 3,632 feet above sea level. It is in the Highlands of Scotland.

His family has been told and they met the rescue team on Sunday.

The Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team found his body. Brian Bathurst, the deputy leader among four members said:

“He had fallen about 30 metres into this gully on the west side of the hill and we think the most likely scenario is that he was holding his dog with one hand. It was appalling whether, with strong winds at the time of his fall, and he may have been trying to get off the hill and lost his way a bit. We don’t know what navigation system he was using – a mobile phone or GPS.”

He added that he was carrying a heavy rucksack and that where he had fallen it was very steep. He said:

“It looks like carrying the dog, together with all the other factors, may have been a major cause of the accident.”

It took six hours for the rescuers to carry his body and the body of his dog off the mountain by stretcher.

We are told by The Times that he had driven to the area with a plan to wild camp and climb the mountains with his dog. In all more than 40 rescuers searched the area on Thursday and Friday.

The original team of rescuers were joined by those from Tweed Valley Oban and Lochaber Mountain Rescue.

The police confirmed that the bodies had been recovered at 2:15 PM yesterday. They said that: “The family has been notified, and a formal ID will occur in due course. The family have thanked all involved in searching for Kyle and Bane and requested their privacy be respected at this time. Our thoughts remain with Kyle’s family, and we support them at this difficult time.”

Police believe that some climbers acquired a “false sense of security” when walking in the mountains and hills because of an unseasonal lack of snow. However, Inspector Matt Smith who is in charge of mountain rescue at police Scotland said:

“It’s still winter, despite what it may look like further down. I’d urge anyone setting out to plan for all eventualities.”

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