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Two killed in Ben Nevis avalanche

Two killed in Ben Nevis avalanche

Mountain rescue teams, the coastguard, police and ambulance service were involved in the rescue effort
Two climbers have died and two have been injured in an avalanche on Ben Nevis, police have said.Inverness Coastguard helicopter, an air ambulance, three road ambulances and a trauma team were sent to the scene.Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team was supported by members of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team in the rescue effort.A group of military personnel training in the area also offered assistance to the rescuers.The alarm was raised to the incident in Number 5 Gully at about 11:50.
On Monday, the Scottish Avalanche Information Service assessed the potential avalanche risk in Lochaber, where Ben Nevis is located, as "high".Police Scotland said: "We were made aware of an avalanche on Ben Nevis shortly after 11:50 this morning. "Police Scotland is currently co-ordinating the mountain rescue response to this incident and is supporting partners at the scene. No further details are available at this time."
Other accidents
The Scottish Ambulance Service said: "We received a call at 12:22 to attend an incident on Ben Nevis. "We dispatched three ambulances, a helimed resource and our trauma team to the scene."Ben Nevis, which is Britain's highest mountain, has been the scene of other fatal accidents already this winter.A 21-year-old German woman, who was a student at Bristol University, died after she fell from a ridge she had been climbing with three other people on New Year's Day.In December Patrick Boothroyd, 21, from West Yorkshire died on the mountain.
On Monday, the avalanche risk on the mountain was assessed to be 'high'
The winter has also seen the deaths of other climbers on climbs in other parts of the Highlands.A climber who was rescued on Saturday after going missing in Glen Coe later died.The 57-year-old was flown from Stob Coire nan Lochan, part of the Three Sisters ridges.He and another climber, 49, were found at about midday, both with hypothermia, after they were reported overdue from a climb the previous day.Both climbers had travelled to the Glencoe area from Nottinghamshire as part of a larger group.Last month, Aberdeen-born Andy Nisbet and Inverness-based Steve Perry died after getting into difficulty on Ben Hope.
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