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Lochaber Police have confirmed that the climber who died on Ben Nevis on New Year’s Day was a 21-year-old woman from Germany.
The incident was reported to police at 10.40am after the woman, a student from Bristol University who was a member of a four-strong party on a planned expedition along the popular Carn Dearg route, fell 500 feet while climbing.
The woman’s next of kin have been updated.
On New Year’s Day, Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team received an emergency call at around 10.30am 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 from a very difficult location.
Sergeant Michael Bell said: ‘Our thoughts are with the woman’s friends and family at this tragic time.
‘There are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.’
The woman’s family have requested no further details are issued.
This is the second death on Britain’s highest mountain in a matter of weeks and follows the death of a Cardiff University student, 21-year-old Patrick Boothroyd.