Tuesday 19 March 2019

Three climbers found dead after avalanche on Ben Nevis

 

A Police vehicle at the Nevis Range Mountain Resort with Ben Nevis behind. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A Police vehicle at the Nevis Range Mountain Resort with Ben Nevis behind. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Douglas Barrie

Three climbers have died and another two have been injured in an avalanche on Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain.

Scottish police were alerted shortly after 11.50am and began co-ordinating a mountain rescue response.

The avalanche occurred at Number 5 Gully on the 1,345-metre mountain.

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.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was "absolutely tragic news".

Irish Independent

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