A BASE jumper is lucky to be alive after he tumbled 180ft down a notorious mountain.
Sam Percival was attempting to become the first person to leap from Lord Berkeley’s Seat in the Highlands when a gust of wind slammed him on to the rock face.
The outdoor instructor’s parachute spun round, propelling him into the cliff and sending him plummeting 180ft on to a rocky outcrop, where he was pummelled by debris.
Mr Percival, 35, who lives in Aviemore, said: ‘It felt like being in a washing machine filled with boulders.’
One friend jumped after him and and another climbed down to meet him and call rescuers, who expected to recover a fatality. Mr Percival, who was airlifted to safety, escaped with a sprained wrist and ankle last Thursday.
‘I was very, very lucky to survive,’ he said.
Mountain rescue team leader Donald Macrae added: ‘To say this young man is lucky to be alive is something of an understatement.’
Three walkers have died on 3,300ft Lord Berkeley’s Seat in An Teallach this year.