Two die in Ben Nevis avalanche

Ben Nevis

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Two climbers have died and another two have been injured after an avalanche on Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain.

Police Scotland were alerted to the incident at Number 5 Gully shortly after 11.50am on Tuesday and began coordinating a mountain rescue response.

A spokesman said: "We can sadly confirm that two people have died and two people have been injured.

"Volunteers from Lochaber and Glencoe Mountain Rescue Teams remain at the scene and were assisted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Scottish Ambulance Service.”

 

 

The Scottish Ambulance Service were also alerted to the incident shortly after 12.20pm and sent an air ambulance, three ambulances and a trauma team to the peak.

A spokesman said: "We received a call at 1222 hours today to attend an incident in Ben Nevis.

"We dispatched three ambulances, a Helimed resource and our trauma team to the scene."