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Climber is killed in Scots avalanche as hunt for duo halted

By Hilary Duncanson

Published 18/02/2016

One of the casualties is ferried to hospital following the avalanche
One of the casualties is ferried to hospital following the avalanche

A climber has died following an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands.

The man was one of two people rescued earlier from north Lochaber.

They were taken to hospital in Fort William where police said one of the men died from his injuries.

A Coastguard helicopter, several mountain rescue teams and search and rescue dogs were all scrambled to the mountain range - around 19 miles north east of Ben Nevis - after being alerted to the avalanche at around 3.15pm.

The pair were flown from the area to Fort William where they were picked up by ambulances and taken to Belford Hospital.

The local avalanche risk was described as "considerable" yesterday.

Elsewhere, efforts to locate experienced climbers Rachel Slater (24) and Tim Newton (27) on nearby Ben Nevis are still suspended because of weather conditions.

The pair went climbing over the weekend and were reported overdue on Monday.

No foot searches took place yesterday but the search and rescue helicopter was deployed during breaks in the weather.

Earlier, Police Scotland said a hillwalker rescued by search teams after being missing overnight with two others in Dumfries and Galloway died. Bobby Thomson (64), George Crosbie (73) and Jeffrey Stewart (74) had not been seen since they headed off into the hills around Durisdeer in the Southern Lowlands on Tuesday afternoon.

The hillwalkers were found 2.5 miles east of the village on Wednesday following a large-scale search involving police and mountain rescue teams, and were airlifted to hospital where one of the men was pronounced dead.

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