Nationalities of men who died on Ben Nevis confirmed

Published 13 March 2019

Police Scotland can confirm that the next of kin of the three people who died on Ben Nevis have been informed of their deaths.

Two of the men who died were French and are aged 41 and 32, another man who died is a Swiss national aged 43. The man who was injured, a Swiss national who is 30-years-old, remains at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in a stable condition.

The avalanche, in the Number 5 Gully area of Ben Nevis was reported to police at around 11:50am yesterday (Tuesday 12 March, 2019).

Fort William Inspector, Isla Campbell said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved in the avalanche on Ben Nevis yesterday.

“Formal identification will take place in due course and the next of kin of those involved have now all been informed.

“I would again like to thank the volunteers from Lochaber and Glencoe mountain rescue teams and the members of the public who assisted with this incident, in what was extremely challenging conditions.”

Brian Tregaskis, Secretary of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue team said "The members of the Lochaber and Glencoe Mountain Rescue teams did an incredible job in very difficult conditions. We'd like to extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of those who lost their lives and we hope the surviving casualty makes a full and speedy recovery."

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