One person killed, another injured in avalanche on Ben Nevis

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One person killed, another injured in avalanche on Ben Nevis

A man has died and another person has been injured after an avalanche on the north face of Ben Nevis.

Police Scotland said they were made aware of the avalanche at around 3.35 pm on Friday.

The Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and a helicopter were dispatched to help two male climbers who were in the area at the time.

A 48-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, and a 40-year-old was taken to Belford hospital in Fort William for treatment. Next of kin have been informed.

The mountain rescue team posted a update on the incident on its Facebook page, saying the men were found at No 2 Gully on the north face of the mountain.

One had suffered fatal injuries, and the other was seriously injured after a slide of 600 metres 2000 ft. With the weather creating some challenging conditions, the helicopter was limited to the assistance it could offer.

We had an extended extrication of the casualties and eight hours after the initial call we delivered the casualty to the Belford hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Our thoughts are with the families of both involved at this time.