Fourth avalanche victim named

The fourth victim who died in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday has been named by Northern Constabulary as Dr Rachel Majumdar. A fifth person remains in a critical condition.

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Fourth avalanche victim named

Dr Rachel Majumdar, 29, has been named as the fourth victim who died in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands. Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire

The fourth person killed in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands has been named by police.

Rachel Majumdar, 29, was a doctor working at Harrogate District Hospital in North Yorkshire.

She was originally from Merseyside and was most recently living in Leeds, Northern Constabulary said today.

Couple who died in avalanche had 'such a good future'

Tom Chesters and Rachel Majumdar, who both died in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands, had been dating for several years and had "such a good future together".

Sam Morris, 35, said the only consolation in the tragedy was that the couple died side-by-side doing something they both loved.

They were in love since they met in their first year of university. They were just so soft and sweet with each other - two people so at ease together. They were having fun making plans.

They had dreams of doing voluntary work oversees together. Some of the comfort we have drawn is that these guys had been together to the end. At least they were doing what they liked doing.


Northern Constabulary express sadness for avalanche victims

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.

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Pictured: PHD student Christopher Bell killed in Glencoe avalanche

A Phd student has been named as one of four climbers who died in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands.

Christopher William Bell, 24, from Blackpool, Lancashire, died when his party was caught up in the avalanche near Glencoe on Saturday afternoon.

24-year-old Christopher Bell was studying for a PHD Credit: Northern Constabulary Handout

Another man and two women were found dead after a major search and rescue operation was launched on Bidean Nam Bian.

One woman is in a critical condition in hospital in Glasgow and one man survived.

Mr Bell was studying for a Phd in Ocean Mapping in Oban, Northern Constabulary said.


Scottish Highlands avalanche survivor expresses sadness

A survivor of an avalanche that killed four of his friends and left another in a critical condition said they were all experienced winter walkers who loved the mountains.

The man, who has asked for his name to be withheld, expressed his sadness and deep regret at the deaths in Glencoe, in the Scottish Highlands, yesterday.

Yesterday, five of my friends and I were descending a mountain in Glencoe in an area known as Church Door Buttress when the party was swept away by a snow avalanche.

It is with much sadness and deep regret that some of my friends have died as a result.

All in the group loved the mountains and are experienced winter walkers.

Can I ask that the deceased families and I are allowed to grieve in privacy at this difficult time.

My sincere thanks go to members of the public, mountain rescue teams and other emergency services who assisted.

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'Everything possible was done' to save Glencoe climbers

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

Female avalanche survivor in a critical condition

The female climber who suffered serious injuries in the Glencoe avalanche remains in a critical condition, Northern Constabulary said today.

The 24-year-old, from the Durham area, has been moved to Glasgow's Southern General Hospital, where family members are at her bedside.

Two men and two women died in the tragedy. Their next of kin have been informed and the climbers' names are expected to be released later.

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