Coastguard

Man airlifted to hospital as coastguard crews rush to Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh

A man has been rushed to hospital by an emergency helicopter after an incident on Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh.

Coastguard crews scrambled up the 251m cliff of the hill after receiving the alarm at 5pm tonight, Monday March 28.

Footage shared on social media shows people in distress amid the rescue operation.

Several helicopters could be heard at the scene as the coast guard dealt with the second such incident in weeks.

Witnesses reported that those present appeared to save a few people who had fallen while climbing the hill.

The Coastguard also confirmed a man had been winched up in the area and taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

His current condition is unknown.

Twitter users were quick to spot the unfolding incident, with one saying: “Serious helicopter activity around Arthur’s Seat again. It’s not landing so they must looking for someone or something.”

Another added: “See another rescue helicopter circling Holyrood / Arthur’s Seat / This is the second in two weeks. Hope it’s not drunk people falling, I’ve seen this happen.”

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson told Edinburgh Live: ‘The Prestwick Coastguard Helicopter assisted the Scottish Ambulance Service and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service during a an incident on Arthur’s seat.

“I can confirm that the helicopter lifted a man from the hill and transported him to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.”

The Scottish Ambulance Service and Police Scotland have also been contacted for comment.

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