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Mark PhillipsScotland - After surviving a 150-ft fall while rock climbing, 51-year-old Mark Phillps died after falling from the helicopter that came to rescue him.

Phillips was with a friend climbing Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands when he fell, suffering serious head injuries. The Sea King, a rescue helicopter based at RAF Lossiemouth, was dispatched to retrieve Phillips and transport him to the hospital.

As he was being winched up into the helicopter, Phillips was killed after he was dropped. No word on exactly what went wrong, but reports speculate that Phillips plunged hundreds of feet to his death after a safety line was severed before he was securely on board the helicopter.

“We sent a team of 18 and used every asset available. Accidents do happen and are going to happen. All it needs is one mistake and in a split second you are gone,” said John Stevenson, the leader of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team who was at the scene.

The Sea King was ordered to stand down and a navy helicopter from HMS Gannet at Prestwick collected Mark Phillips’s body. Phillips’ wife said in a statement released through the police force that she had noted speculation surrounding her husband’s death, stating: “I have entire confidence in the police and the process and I do not want to indulge such speculation.”

She went on to pay tribute to her husband saying, “On 25 February my beloved husband, Mark, was enjoying the superb conditions the Scottish Highlands were affording. He had spent the previous few days climbing and walking in the hills with friends. Tragically, that day he sustained fatal injuries following an incident on Ben Nevis.”

She added: “Mark and I, together with our son, Ruaridh, had moved to the Highlands about 12 years ago so as to live amongst the hills and community we had got to love. Mark was a loving father and husband and will be sorely missed by us and his many friends and work colleagues. Ruaridh and I thank them all for their support.”

Phillips is the 11th climber to die in the Scottish Highlands this winter.

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  • Andyman

    I don’t understand why people like to flirt with death/possible harm by doing things with such little payoff. Many might say that I am not a risk taker and that would be inaccurate. I love a good risk – when the reward is worth the risk. For me – hot air balloon rides, jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, bungee jumping or heaven forbid mountain/rock climbing are all out of the question. I will never be lucky enough to win the lottery but I feel quite sure doing any of the aforementioned activities would lend itself to my being unlucky enough for my number to come up. So sorry for the wife and child’s loss, though. RIP Mark.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XA4RDSRSUX3XRSCPRR7XNGSPUQ Joshua

    The sky bully called him home and wouldn’t take no for an answer.

  • Sam

    Wow. Way for life to turn around at you and say “lol just kidding” just as the safety line gives way.

  • Sam

    Side note – how the fuck would you pronounce the son’s name?

  • CT

    And I thought I was having a bad day – never mind.

  • newstarshipsmell

    You’re always having a bad day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.heeney.3 Jason Heeney

    Roo-ree, us Scottish folk have some weird spellings.

  • 18th40

    Apparently there’s different settings on the ‘bad day’ bar.

  • newstarshipsmell

    I would be down with a hot air balloon ride, especially a romantic one, except for the fact I have a weird combination of fear of heights and fear of impulse control loss and the desire to jump. I’m guessing it would make for a lousy evening to watch your date unexpectedly leap to his death leaving you alone in a balloon, so I suppose I should stick to horse buggy rides and whatnot. Assuming I ever meet any women, that is.

    At any rate, agreed on the others. Lord knows I’m clumsy enough with mundane, non-life-threatening tasks. No need to tempt fate.

  • Buffettgirl

    It’s a sad story – but a part of me says it comes with the territory. If I die because I’m encouraging my man to go over 100 mph on the bike, then it sort of comes with the territory too… and I do, all the time, it’s so bad of me, but I can’t help it. Speed feels good!

  • http://www.truecrimereport.com CallMeMister

    Reading this, for me, was so eerie. My thoughts echo exactly every word
    you wrote. There are people who are adrenaline junkies, my boss is one
    of them. I can’t really understand why he would do most of the risky
    things he does. And each time he has to up the ante. Sooner or later
    it’ll catch up with him, I think.

  • Andyman

    You know, I guess most people just want to “live life to the fullest.” I do too. But I guess each person’s opinion of what that means to them is different. Reminds me of the recent story about the 25 year old X-Games snow mobile stunt guy being recently killed in an accident. I guess he died doing something he loved, something we frequently hear when unfortunate accidents like this occur but I’m not going out like that; if I can help it. Nothing in this life is guaranteed so go home and hug your wife and kids because even without risky decisions you never really know what the future holds. One thing is for sure though – your odds for survival or completely avoiding a tragedy are increased exponentially as you reduce risky behavior. That’s my take on it anyway.

  • Meme Bee

    TAXPAYERS paying for rescue flights for unnecessary adventures. Great!

  • Evan Oswald

    climbers die – dis shit aint news!

  • Andyman

    IKR? I had a CBR 900RR in college and they said it would do 169 MPH. I got mine up to 164 before I chickened out. 164 is FAST on any vehicle, but on two wheels it’s INSANE. I was glad I didn’t hit a squirrel or even a pebble as that could have been disastrous I realize this contradicts my earlier statement but let’s just say I’ve come a LONG way from those days, and this isn’t something I’d do now that I am “all grown up” and have a family where people love and depend on me.

  • 18th40

    Clearly a case of corcoranophobia, poor chap.

  • CT

    Our family friend is a police officer and he was shot in the head yesterday. His youngest son is only 4.

  • Buffettgirl

    Sorry to hear about your friend CT…

  • CT

    I replied to myself in my attempt to make you feel bad for douching on me – I really am a mean and despicable creature at heart, you know.

  • Buffettgirl

    Got up to 132 mph with old boyfriend on his CBR, (actually, this was way back in the day, when they were called Honda Hurricanes) current boyfriend and I have only gotten to 118 mph on the Harley, but the Harley is SO much more fun! ;-)

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    My condolences to you & your friend’s family, CT.

  • CT

    Thanks, thankfully he is still alive but in critical condition.

  • CT

    If you saw my hair today – you see an all new meaning to bad day. CT’s hair = white trash = bad day.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Yes, it does!
    Had a “warmed-up” ’81 Yamaha XS-1100 Midnight Special back in the early ’90’s. Even though it was shaft-drive, I’d gotten it up over the mid-170’s. Blew the doors off of “Dear ‘Ol Dad’s” Caddy Allante when he buried the pedal & decided I wasn’t going to pass him on my way to his house after work. It took over a mile and a half to get it slowed down enough to hang a hard right at the end of the dead-end highway. (The whole town of St. Marks heard me downshifting like a madman) If I’d tried to go straight, I’d have shot off into St. Marks Bay & into the drink.
    A good white-knuckle ride is excellent therapy for the soul.

  • newstarshipsmell

    I guess it’s a good thing then that I have such a large mouth and such small feet.

  • CT

    I am no better. I reveled in your guilt.

  • Andyman

    Ah the hurricane. Yep – know it well although I got started in the CBR 600 F2 days. I’ve owned several CBR 600 F2s, F3s, F4s, and then the 900RR and later the 2002 CBR 954RR (which got stolen out of my deadbolted storage building – fuckers). Then I got a VFR 800 before my friend was almost killed so I sold it. They are fun but fuck – people don’t pay attention so I moved on. Besides I don’t have anyone to ride with anymore anyway. Too bad because they are sooo much fun!

  • CT

    Who loves you, baby?

  • cookieraper

    Thats fucked.

  • cedric

    “Accidents can and do happen”,hmm … maybe so but this strikes me more as a case of extreme Negligence.

  • cedric

    Its all fun and games till you fall down and can’t get up.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XA4RDSRSUX3XRSCPRR7XNGSPUQ Joshua

    Should we leave everyone who makes a dumb mistake to just die? Why have a society if we can’t try to help the people in it if we can?

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    I believe the dead man father’s name was “YLECYOT.”

  • tkaz

    I love Celtic pronunciations. They always confuse me but I love looking them up.
    I read the Fever series by Moning & it took place in Ireland. Beleive it or not, even in skanky supernatural fiction I learned a lot about the language!

  • tkaz

    How romantic can it be when you share a basket with a dude operating the balloon? Always I have questioned this….

  • tkaz

    The nanosecond I became a mother I became scared of anything that could kill me. Car, planes, trains, snakes, dogs, the list goes on & on. I spent my first 20 yrs being somewhat reckless (walking in Mexico alone at night, saving an abused friend from her cop BF & his gun & rottweiler)….and my next 20 I’ve just been hyper vigilant about staying ALIVE.
    No cliffs, balloons, bungees allowed.

  • tkaz

    I think it’s an addiction to adrenaline.

  • tkaz

    I felt wrong “liking” your comment so… I’m so sorry! I’m glad he is alive! I’m not very religious but I’ll say a prayer anyway. :)

  • tkaz

    There’s so many numbers in this conversation! It’s hard to follow.
    Fast things go super fast & can kill, go slow. Good enough summary?

  • tkaz

    Sky bully. I like that.

  • tkaz

    I’m in AZ. We get a “News Flash” at least 6 times a year that an inexperienced hiker was killed/hurt/fallen/attacked by bees/lost on Camelback Mountain. It’s in the CITY! Evidently dying climbers ARE news!!
    (Disclaimer: I was not the down vote)

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    Pronounced: While E. Coyote. (To be honest, I saw it on a license plate.)

  • Buffettgirl

    Mid 170’s is insane, I’m a little envious! Now I’ve got to push Boyfriend to go even faster!

  • cedric

    Let me get this straight – you don’t think its newsworthy that the chopper crew sent to rescue this guy ended up killing him instead? I mean how often does that shit happen?

  • cedric

    Society hasn’t given much of a fuck about its members since society was created Joshua,sadly it’s all about the almighty dollar my friend.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    oh gosh, CT. Our condolences. Is there a fund for the family set up? You know how to contact me.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    So, when you’re in a car accident on a totally UNNECESSARY shopping trip to get the 10th purse and 100th pair of shoes you DON’T NEED, we can just let you die trapped upside down in your burning car? ok, good to know.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    THIS would totally happen to me if I went climbing. So. I’m not going climbing.
    Fuck, I can’t even manage a flight of stairs without risk of injury or death.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1616336316 Mary Mahi Mahi

    “Accidents are going to happen & do happen. All it needs is one mistake in a split second you’re gone” says John leader of the Mountain Rescue Team. DUH We know that John it’s up to the rescue team to make sure “accidents” like this don’t happen again! Damn dude you’re not reeling in a fish as you drop it back into the fish barrel! Get real! Then the widow what does she have to gain a huge insurance policy? I know he died doing what he loved best. Just remember this Phillips is the 11th climber to die in the Scottish Highlands this winter & the FIRST to die after getting the rescue line severed BEFORE his body was loaded on the helicopter! That’s what I’m talking about.

  • JohnQknowitall

    It sounds cliche, but at least up until that day he was living where he wanted among what appear to be loving people. How many of us still living can say that confidently of the last 12 years?

  • Sam

    It would certainly be an interesting way to tick mile high club, ménage a trois AND dogging off the bucket list…

  • LeaveMeBe

    I have to admit, I’m a little concerned about even a horse buggy ride for you. Those things can be very dangerous.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Like you, I am not big on risk without reward. But I have had to come to terms with it because I happen to be married to a risk-taker/adrenaline junkie. I also need to mention that my daughter has taken after him. My son is more like me but since he joined the army he has become more open to adrenaline rushes, too. I have had to learn to just not ask questions and have asked them to mostly just talk amongst themselves. They obviously see great reward in what they do. I don’t get it, but obviously it is strong in a lot of people’s make up.

  • LeaveMeBe

    And a lot of us have a picture to prove it! :D

  • LeaveMeBe

    Sooooooooooooooooo wrong.

  • 18th40

    Yeah but you weren’t around….and I was tempted and…..sorry…I’ll go back to the meetings.

  • 18th40

    What makes you think I wouldn’t need them ? What if they were like a to die for pair of flats I couldn’t live without ?

  • Heather_Habilatory

    I NEEDED flats tonight, jesus effing christ. ugh. *cries*

  • Heather_Habilatory

    hahahah yeah!

  • 18th40

    You fell off your heels didn’t you ?

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Nope. My heels hurt my feet. I don’t know what I was thinking, wearing heels to stand on concrete for 3 and a half hours.

  • 18th40

    Ahh you forgot to double check the bus schedule ?

  • Andyman

    I can play an incredible game of don’t ask don’t tell with my parents myself. They didn’t ask any questions they didn’t want to know the answer to and I never volunteered info. Worked out great!

  • LeaveMeBe

    Exactly. :)

  • LeaveMeBe

    You know, there is another downside to this approach though. I taught my children to tell the truth and when they were asked a question to answer it. I had a bitch of a time dealing with teachers who didn’t like their answers, or mine. I kept telling the teachers and admins, if you don’t want to hear the answer or aren’t prepared to deal with the truth then don’t ask my kids the questions. Shit, how hard is that to understand? ;)

  • LeaveMeBe

    I didn’t say it was *bad*, I just said it was wrong. I *like* wrong. :)

  • JustBrowsingLife

    The pilot must have ear muffs and a blind fold on at all times. ACME balloon pilot flight kit for the couples cruises.

  • JustBrowsingLife

    Ced. You forgot to complete the adage….it’s not the fall that kills ya….it’s the sudden stop.

  • cedric

    Very true.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Go Slow?!?!? Awww, Hell NO!
    Fast things are good, they help keep you alert. And, they keep you young until you run outta highway…

    I’m 57 & I’ll never go through life with an anchor tied to my ass.

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