Northern Constabulary area commander Chief Inspector Derek Paterson has expressed his sadness at the loss of four climbers who died in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands.
He also praised the efforts of rescue crews and member of the public who assisted.
Avalanches are largely very rare, and I think the latest figures show that they account for about 2% of all mountain incidents.
Another point I would stress is that the trend for avalanche casualties has reduced steadily since the 1980s, so it is something that is thankfully become more infrequent.
Glencoe Mountain Rescue has urged people not to let yesterday's incident discourage them from visiting Glencoe, but to proceed with caution, check weather and avalanche reports, monitor the hill and plan their route carefully.
Two of the four climbers who died in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday have been named by Northern Constabulary as Una Rachel Finnegan, 25, from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and Tom Chesters, 28, who was living in Leeds.
Jonathan Hart, chairman of the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, said "everything possible was done" in response to the Glencoe avalanche to increase the climbers' opportunities for survival and take them off the mountain before the hours of darkness.
He expressed sadness over "such a tragic outcome" and said that Glencoe and Lochaber Mountain Rescue team members and instructors, as well as the Royal Navy Rescue squadron, attended the police-coordinated rescue.
This was a tragic event and I speak on behalf of all the mountain rescue team members involved when I say our hearts go out to the casualties and the families of all those involved. People come from all over the UK and the world to experience and enjoy the mountain scenery and sports in this part of Scotland.
– Jonathan Hart, chairman of the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland