Community pays tribute to Martham man who died in fall on Scottish mountain

PUBLISHED: 11:50 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:50 28 February 2018

The summit of Sgurr Thuilm. Photo: Wikimedia/Nigel Brown

The summit of Sgurr Thuilm. Photo: Wikimedia/Nigel Brown

Wikimedia/Nigel Brown

A village community has paid tribute to a Norfolk man who slipped to his death from a Scottish mountain.

Christopher Fryer, from Martham and a father, slipped and fell while walking on the Sgurr Thuilm mountain in the Highlands around 11am on Saturday.

His body was recovered by a mountain rescue team, who searched for a further three climbers who had been reported missing. People in the village who knew him have paid tribute to the 38-year-old, who worked at an offshore company based in Great Yarmouth.

Chris Cordes, landlord of the Victoria Inn pub, where Mr Fryer enjoyed playing pool, said: “From everybody at the Victoria Inn, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to his family.

“Chris was such a nice chap and will be missed. He was always friendly, loved a game of pool and had a really friendly nature.”

Darren Howlett, a supervisor at the pub, added: “He was a good lad and a very good pool player. He used to bring his boys with him to the pub, along with his wife and their dogs.

“There is definitely a lot of shock around the community and his death is a big loss.”

The mountain rescue team that retrieved Mr Fryer have also passed on their condolences to his family and friends.

The Lochaber Mountain and Rescue Team were called in to retrieve his body.

A statement from the team said: “We had a fatality on Sgurr Thuilm in the Glenfinnan area when a hill walker slipped while descending and suffered fatal injuries in the fall.

“The team were assisted in retrieving the casualty. Our thoughts are with Chris’s family.”

The recovery came as the mountain and rescue team carried out a series of rescues and searches over the last several days, including recovering the body of a dead climber 
and rescuing three hill walkers.

Mr Fryer’s Facebook page says he is married, went to Acle High School and also studied in Lowestoft.

He worked at Aker Solutions on Southgate Road, Great Yarmouth. The company would not comment, but confirmed he was an employee.

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