AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after six people were injured during a chairlift accident at the Lecht Ski Centre, near Tomintoul.
Five children and one adult were taken to hospital as a result of the incident, which occurred at around 3.25pm on Tuesday.
The six people fell about 20 feet (six metres) to the ground, with some suffering leg and back injuries. They were reportedly travelling in three chairs, when the Snowy Owl chairlift apparently derailed.
It took more than an hour before the rescue of another 36 skiers, left stranded on the chairlift, could be completed.
The Lecht Ski Company’s management said in a statement issued today (Thursday) that they are "determined to find out" how the accident occurred.
For more on this story, see the print version of 'The Northern Scot', out tonight.