Ben Nevis avalanche prompts fears for climbers

Ben Nevis avalanche prompts fears for climbers

Two climbers have been killed and two others injured after being caught in an avalanche on Ben Nevis, Police Scotland said. The incident happened in an area of the UK’s highest mountain called No 5 Gully shortly before midday on Tuesday. Members of the Lochaber and Glencoe mountain rescue teams were at the scene. A…


Two climbers have been killed and two others injured after being caught in an avalanche on Ben Nevis, Police Scotland said.

The incident happened in an area of the UK’s highest mountain called No 5 Gully shortly before midday on Tuesday. Members of the Lochaber and Glencoe mountain rescue teams were at the scene.

A coastguard helicopter sent from Inverness to assist was grounded in Fort William because the weather conditions were too difficult for the helicopter to reach the site.

Police Scotland said the force was coordinating the mountain rescue response.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, tweeted: “This is absolutely tragic news. My thoughts are very much with the bereaved and injured. And my gratitude as always for the work of our emergency services, mountain rescue and coastguard.”

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