Avalanche victims named

Police have named three of the fours climbers - including a student from Leeds - who died in the avalanche in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday.

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Fourth avalanche victim worked in North Yorkshire

The fourth person killed in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands has been named by police as 29-year-old Rachel Majumdar, who worked in North Yorkshire.

Ms Majumdar was a doctor working at Harrogate District Hospital. She was originally from Merseyside and most recently living in Leeds.

The avalanche struck at about 2pm on Saturday as a group of six friends made their descent on Bidean Nam Bian in Glencoe.

Friends of the group said Tom Chesters, from Leeds, and Dr Majumdar had been dating for several years and had "such a good future together".

One friend said the only consolation in the tragedy was that the couple died side-by-side doing something they both loved.


Avalanche death: University "saddened by loss"

Hull University have said they are saddened by the loss of one of their students who died in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands. 28-year-old Tom Chesters was a student at Hull University. He was working towards a PhD in medical engineering.

"“Tom was a fantastic colleague and friend with so much energy and enthusiasm for everything he did. He was a real asset to our research group and was making great progress with his PhD research into osteoporosis. He had a very promising career ahead of him. We will all miss him enormously.”

– Spokesman, Hull University

As you can no doubt imagine, this is a very difficult time for those staff and students who worked with and knew Tom. The University’s support services offer counselling and those staff and students who worked especially closely with Tom are being contacted directly.

At this very early stage following the incident, no arrangements have been made for any memorial services at the University, and we will be liaising with Tom’s family about how best to proceed."

– Spokesman, Hull University

Tributes to climbers killed in Avalanche

The mountain range at Glencoe towards Bidean Nam Bian, after an avalanche yesterday killed four people. Credit: PA

Friends have paid tribute to three young climbers killed in an avalanche, one of whom lived in Leeds. Phd student Tom Chesters, who was 28-years-old, was working towards his qualification at Hull University. He was living in Leeds.

Tom along with Christopher Bell and junior doctor Una Finnegan, were swept 1,000ft to their deaths while descending from a mountain in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday afternoon. Another woman, who was part of their group, was also killed. She has not been named.

A 24-year-old woman remains in a critical condition after suffering severe head injuries. One other man who was on the trek managed to survive by leaping from the collapsing sheet of snow and hammering an ice axe into firmer ground.

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