Woman, 22, dies on Ben Nevis

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A 22-year-old student from Bristol University has died after falling about 500ft on Ben Nevis on New Year’s Day.

Police Scotland confirmed the woman was among a four-strong party on a planned expedition along the popular Carn Dearg route when she fell.

This is the second death on Britain’s highest mountains in a fortnight and follows the death of a Cardiff University student, Patrick Boothroyd, 21.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team received an emergency call at around 10.30am yesterday (Tuesday) and a Coastguard helicopter airlifted members of the team to retrieve the woman’s body and pick up her climbing companions.

A statement posted on the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team Facebook page said: ‘The team had to recover a young climber who unfortunately lost her life following an accident on Càrn Dearg on Ben Nevis. We pass on our sincere condolences to her family and friends. A very sad start to 2019.’

The team also thanked the Coastguard helicopter crew for what it called ‘another example of exceptional flying’ in getting the team into location to evacuate the casualty and in recovering her colleagues from a very difficult location.