Nationalities confirmed of Ben Nevis avalanche victims

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Police Scotland has confirmed that the next of kin of the three people who died as the result of an avalanche on Ben Nevis yesterday (Tuesday) have been informed of their deaths.

Two of the men who died were French and aged 41 and 32, another man who died was Swiss national aged 43. The man who was injured, a Swiss national who is 30-years-old, remains at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow in a stable condition.

The avalanche, in the Number 5 Gully area of Ben Nevis, was reported to police at around 11:50am yesterday.

Fort William Police Inspector, Isla Campbell, commented: ‘Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved in the avalanche on Ben Nevis yesterday.

‘Formal identification will take place in due course and the next of kin of those involved have now all been informed.

‘I would again like to thank the volunteers from Lochaber and Glencoe mountain rescue teams and the members of the public who assisted with this incident, in what was extremely challenging conditions.’

Brian Tregaskis, secretary of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, added: ‘The members of the Lochaber and Glencoe Mountain Rescue teams did an incredible job in very difficult conditions.

‘We’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of those who lost their lives and we hope the surviving casualty makes a full and speedy recovery.’

Inspector Campbell went on to add that the circumstances of yesterday’s incident on Ben Nevis remains under investigation, but Police Scotland and its partner agencies wanted to take this opportunity to advise the public to carefully plan when heading to the mountain ranges.

‘We do not want to put anyone off enjoying the great outdoors activities we have here in Scotland but we would ask that people plan their routes, take sensible precautions and consider whether it is safe to climb a particular route,’ she said.

‘The environment of the Scottish mountains is by its very nature an unpredictable one and it is important that people take as many precautions and plan ahead as much as possible if they are going to go climbing, especially at this time of year.

‘Detailed information about weather conditions and avalanche risk are available from agencies including the Scottish Avalanche Information Service and we would encourage climbers to look at this information before heading out on the mountains.

‘Be prepared to alter your routes or plans if there is indications that inclement weather or avalanches could affect your climb.’