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.

Glencoe peak 'medium risk' on European scale

The mountain in Glencoe where four people died in an avalanche yesterday was considered to carry a "considerable" level of risk - but this would equate to a medium risk on the European scale used by mountain rescue teams, according to ITV News' Scotland Correspondent Debi Edward.

Bidean Nam Bian is a popular peak standing over 3,000 feet with a number of different climbs. It is understood the conditions yesterday were reasonably dry, as Glencoe has largely escaped the snow experienced elsewhere in the UK.

Officials are set to launch an investigation to determine what caused the avalanche. Experts say a snowslide can be triggered by just one person.

Avalanche forecasters had warned of 'considerable risk'

SportsScotland Avalanche Information Service had previously warned of 'considerable' risk of an avalanche.
SportsScotland Avalanche Information Service had previously warned of 'considerable' risk of an avalanche. Credit: SportsScotland Avalanche Information Service

SportsScotland Avalanche Information Service, SAIS, had warned there was a "considerable risk" of an avalanche in Glencoe yesterday.

On its website, the service's forecast for Saturday 19th January said: "Natural Avalanches possible. Human triggered avalanches are likely."

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Prayers in Scottish Highlands for four climbers who died

A member of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team at the foot of Bidean nam Bian. in the Scottish Highlands, after a serious avalanche Credit: ndrew Milligan/PA Wire

Prayers will be held in the Scottish Highlands for four climbers who were swept to their deaths in an avalanche. The Rev Moira Herkes, who will lead a service at St Munda's Church in Glencoe, said it was "the worst accident to happen here for many years".

The climbers were among a party of six on Bidean Nam Bian, a mountain near Glencoe. It is believed they were descending from a peak on the south side of the valley when the snow-covered slope they were crossing broke away, engulfing five of them and sending them hundreds of feet down the mountain.

Four people killed in Glencoe avalanche

Four people died today when they were caught up in an avalanche on Bidean Nam Bian in Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands.

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Climbers make their way off Bidean nam Bian by torchlight. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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Members of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team at the foot of Bidean nam Bian. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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A member of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Alex Salmond: Glencoe tragedy is 'appalling'

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has given his support to the families of the four people who lost their lives in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands.

He said:

This is an appalling tragedy and our immediate thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who have been lost.

To lose four people from a party of six is truly devastating.

The Scottish Government will provide any support that we can and I would like to thank the police and mountain rescue team for their efforts in these difficult circumstances.

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Glencoe mountain rescue team reveal tragic details

The leader of the Glencoe mountain rescue team has shed more light on the search which ultimately resulted in two men and two women being found dead in the Scottish Highlands.

John Grieve said:

The first call to police was from two other people who had been on the mountain, they found someone lying next to where they were climbing.

So, the assumption was that it was just one casualty, but it became clear that there were others missing when they heard from the man who is safe.

He added that they were located using a technique called "probing" - where a metal stick is pushed into the snow - which would indicate they were buried in more than a metre of snow.

Two men and two women killed after Glencoe avalanche

Two men and two women have been killed after an avalanche on Bidean Nam Bian, in Glencoe, Scotland, police have confirmed.

Bidean Nam Bian is a mountain with a height in excess of 3,000ft Credit: STV News

David Gibson, chief officer and company secretary of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland said:

"It is always difficult in these circumstances, but I think the advice we would give to people is to check the weather and avalanche forecasts before setting off, and to assess the risks.

"The thoughts of the MCoS are with all of those involved and the rescue services up there doing the job they do."

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Four people killed after avalanche in Glencoe, Scotland

Four people were killed after a group of six climbers were caught up in an avalanche at Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands, Northern Constabulary has said.

A statement said two men and two women found by searchers had died and one woman from the party of six remains in a very serious condition at Belford Hospital.

The sixth climber who raised the alarm is safe and well and being assessed and cared for by emergency services.

Police are making efforts to identify the deceased and to contact next of kin.

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