Ben Nevis rescue operation

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Police at scene of Ben Nevis rescue effort

Three climbers who died following an avalanche on Ben Nevis on Tuesday had been Swiss nationals, the BBC understands.

A fourth climber was critically injured and has been receiving therapy on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow.

The avalanche in Quantity 5 Gully was witnessed by a Scottish Avalanche Data Service crew member and a climbing information, who raised the alarm.

The incident on the mountain, close to Fort William, was one of many worst Scottish climbing accidents in recent times.

Twenty-nine volunteer mountain rescuers had been concerned the rescue operation in addition to a gaggle of navy personnel from the Joint Providers Mountain Coaching Centre.

Lochaber MRT stated circumstances on the mountain had been “very tough with very excessive winds, snow and thunder and lightning”.

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A Coastguard helicopter concerned within the rescue effort

The climate hampered the efforts of Coastguard helicopter crews, regardless of “some wonderful flying”, the crew stated.

The alarm was raised by the avalanche data service forecaster and a information climbing within the space.

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service assesses potential avalanche risk for Lochaber, where Ben Nevis is located, and five other mountain areas.

Lochaber MRT stated the incident was the third avalanche in Quantity 5 Gully since Saturday.

On Saturday night, a celebration of 4 climbers had been “avalanched”. One of many group was swept down the gully however was not injured.

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Mountain rescue groups, the coastguard, police and ambulance service had been concerned within the rescue effort

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stated her ideas had been with the bereaved and injured following the “completely tragic information”.

SNP MSP Kate Forbes added: “I am certain that the hearts of all people within the native space exit to those that are grieving. I sincerely hope that there are not any additional casualties.”

She additionally expressed gratitude to the mountain rescue crew volunteers who had been “prepared and prepared to exit in all weathers at any time when the decision comes”.