Swiss and French climbers died in Ben Nevis avalanche

Category : UK News
Updated On : March 13, 2019 10:39 PM
By Indian Times Daily

Two of three climbers who died in an avalanche on Ben Nevis on Tuesday are understood to have been from France and the other from Switzerland. Swiss authorities have confirmed the death of one Swiss national and that another was injured. The avalanche in Number 5 Gully was witnessed by a Scottish Avalanche Information Service team member and a climbing guide, who raised the alarm.

It is one of the worst Scottish climbing accidents in recent years. A Swiss embassy spokeswoman said, "Swiss authorities are in contact with the Scottish authorities as well as with the families in Switzerland."

The survivor of the avalanche on the mountain near Fort William has been receiving treatment at hospital in Glasgow. The names and ages of those who died have not yet been released.

Twenty-nine volunteer mountain rescuers were involved in the rescue operation as well as a group of military personnel from the Joint Services Mountain Training Centre. Lochaber MRT said conditions on the mountain were "very difficult with very high winds, snow and thunder and lightning".

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