A Royal Navy pilot from North Yorkshire has been awarded a medal recognising his courage in saving a stricken climber.
Lieutenant Commander Craig Sweeney, from Harrogate, has received the Air Force Cross for leading the rescue of a walker in Argyll in blizzard conditions, plummeting temperatures and pitch darkness.
The pilot described the mission to uplift Gareth Bradley on 3,074ft (937m) Beinn Sgulaird near Oban as one of the most challenging rescues he has ever undertaken.
The crew from HMS Gannet in Prestwick, Ayrshire, flew their Sea King helicopter to the aid of Mr Bradley, who had a broken ankle, on December 18, 2011.
Mr Bradley, an engineering lecturer at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Perth, said:
HMS Gannet's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Andy Drodge said:
The pilot joined HMS Gannet in December 2010 and lives close to the unit in Alloway with his wife and three children.
This year marks his last in senior service and he will make his final flight at the end of April.
Mr Bradley has not been put off climbing and instead has been inspired to help others.
He previously worked at Liverpool's John Moores University but moved north of the border to pursue his love of walking and climbing in the Scottish mountains.
He said he hopes to join a mountain rescue team in the near future.