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Ben Nevis avalanche kills two and injures two climbers

by LLB Reporter
12th Mar 19 3:44 pm

An avalanche has killed two people and injured two on Ben Nevis Tuesday morning, the mountain is the highest in the British Isles.

A coastguard helicopter and air ambulance were sent to the number 5 gully on Ben Nevis.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said they are “currently co-ordinating a mountain rescue response following reports of an avalanche on Ben Nevis this morning.”

“Police were informed that the avalanche had occurred in Number 5 Gully area at around 11.50am.

“We can sadly confirm that two people have died, and two people have been injured.

She also confirmed that “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.”

Scottish Ambulance Service were alerted to the avalanche just after 12:20pm, three ambulances were sent to the mountain.

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said, “We received a call at 1222 hours today to attend an incident in Ben Nevis.

“We dispatched three ambulances, a Helimed resource and our trauma team to the scene.”

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service website said, for today “Avalanches and cornice collapse will occur” and “stormy conditions are affecting the area.”

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