Searchers find body of climber missing on Ben Nevis since January

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A mountain rescue team searching for a climber who fell near the summit of Ben Nevis in January have found a body.

Marcin Bialas, who was 36, reportedly fell through an overhanging ledge of snow on the mountain into a gully on 21 January.

Police Scotland said a man’s body was recovered from Observation Gully on Ben Nevis on Saturday and that while formal identification had still to take place, Mr Bialas’ family had been informed.

The search for Mr Bialas began after two members of his climbing party were rescued near the mountain’s summit in January.

The pair told rescuers that their friend had fallen through a cornice into Observatory Gully.

Numerous searches of the gully since then by Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team had been hampered by deep snow.

In a statement, Lochaber MRT said: ‘The team recovered the body from high in Observatory Gully with considerable difficulty.

‘The location lower down involved large snow fields and very large loose boulder fields. This was a fantastic effort from the team members and the equipment.

‘While the recovery was ongoing we had another incident on Tower Ridge when two climbers became crag fast. Team members started to climb up to the casualties who were stuck at Tower Gap.’

The statement explained that a helicopter, R951, was then tasked to assist with the Tower Ridge incident and managed to evacuate the two climbers.

‘We are grateful for the helicopter support on one of the hottest days ever recorded in Lochaber,’ the statement concluded.