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."
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.