A climber has been airlifted to hospital after falling over a cliff and sliding around 820ft (250m) down a mountain.

A large-scale rescue operation was launched after police received a report that a man had fallen over a cliff edge in the area of Coire Sputan Dearg in the Southern Cairngorms at around 3.30pm yesterday.

They found a 25-year-old man injured at around 6.30pm, walking with two other people.

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He is thought to have slid around 820ft (250m).

Police Scotland said the casualty was evacuated by stretcher in "challenging conditions", then airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by a Royal Air Force rescue helicopter.

The group were from England and had planned to spend a couple of days in the mountains.

The rescue operation involved Braemar, Police Scotland and Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Teams.