The chief of the mountain rescue group stated they needed to battle whiteout situations on Ben Nevis with winds gusting as much as 80mph and the quartet, in their 20s, have been “lucky to be alive”.
John Stevenson, chief of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Staff, stated the 4 have been “given a piece of our minds.”
“It was sheer stupidity. They have been a bunch of idiots. Now we have by no means needed to rescue individuals in trainers in winter earlier than. They’re so fortunate to be alive.
“It was whiteout with winds gusting 80mph on the prime with -20C wind chill. We discovered them a number of hundred yards aside and needed to lower footsteps in the ice to get three of them down.
“They have been so poorly geared up.I can’t reward my group extremely sufficient, they risked their lives and did an excellent job. These 4 wouldn’t have survived the evening – no means.
“They couldn’t say much at the time – because they were so traumatised. But we have since had a message from the hospital to say that they are grateful.”
The group turned trapped close to the 4411ft excessive summit of Ben Nevis throughout blizzard situations on Monday.
They have been handled in the Belford Hospital in Fort Williamsuffering from the results of the chilly. Their situation is unknown.