Three killed and one injured in Ben Nevis avalanche

Three killed and one injured in Ben Nevis avalanche- Updated

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Updated: From The Guardian

Three climbers have been killed and a fourth injured after being caught in an avalanche on Ben Nevis.

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 initially grounded in Fort William because the weather was too poor, but by late afternoon, it was able to reach the site as conditions improved, and began airlifting the injured and dead off the mountain.

Two of the climbers died at the scene and their bodies were taken to Fort William. Two other injured climbers were airlifted away; one died on Tuesday evening and the other was taken to Queen Elizabeth hospital in Glasgow.

Three killed and one injured in Ben Nevis avalanche
Three killed and one injured in Ben Nevis avalanche

Two climbers have died and two have been injured in an avalanche that caught several climbers on Ben Nevis, UK highest peak.

The police said that several climbers were on the hill at the moment of the avalanche.

The alarm was raised after the incident, at 11:50. It took place in an area known as Number 5 Gully.

An air ambulance, the Inverness Coastguard helicopter, three road ambulances and a trauma team were sent to the scene.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team was supported by members of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team in the rescue effort on Britain’s highest mountain.

A group of military personnel training in the area also offered assistance to the rescuers.

Two killed and two injured in Ben Nevis avalanche
Two killed and two injured in Ben Nevis avalanche

Mountain rescue

On Monday, the Scottish Avalanche Information Service assessed the potential avalanche risk in Lochaber, where Ben Nevis is located, as “high”.

Police Scotland said it was co-ordinating the mountain rescue response and supporting those at the scene.

“No further details are available at this time,” it added.

The Scottish Ambulance Service said it had dispatched three ambulances, a helimed resource and a trauma team to the scene after being alerted at 12:22.

A spokesperson said: “Volunteers from Lochaber and Glencoe mountain rescue teams remain at the scene and were assisted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Scottish Ambulance Service.”

Two killed and two injured in Ben Nevis avalanche
Two killed and two injured in Ben Nevis avalanche

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was “absolutely tragic news”.

She tweeted: “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.”

Ben Nevis has been the scene of other fatal accidents this winter.

A 21-year-old German woman, who was studying at Bristol University, died after she fell from a ridge she had been climbing with three other people on New Year’s Day.

In December, Patrick Boothroyd, 21, from West Yorkshire died after a fall on the mountain.

Elsewhere in the Highlands, a 57-year-old man died after he and a companion were reported missing in Glen Coe on Saturday.

The pair had travelled to the area from Nottinghamshire as part of a larger group.

Two killed and two injured in Ben Nevis avalanche
Two killed and two injured in Ben Nevis avalanche

Last month, Aberdeen-born Andy Nisbet and Inverness-based Steve Perry died after getting into difficulty on Ben Hope.

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Two killed and two injured in Ben Nevis avalanche
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Two killed and two injured in Ben Nevis avalanche
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Two killed and two injured in Ben Nevis avalanche
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Two killed and two injured in Ben Nevis avalanche
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Ben Nevis Summit Shelter. Two killed and two injured in Ben Nevis avalanche.
Ben Nevis Summit Shelter. Two killed and two injured in Ben Nevis avalanche.

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