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The Leader of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team has said his team were lucky to uncover the body of a skier who was killed by an avalanche, because it was buried under 13 feet of snow and ice.
John Grieve thanked volunteers who helped to recover Daniel Maddox's body from under the snow.
The body of an experienced skier who went missing after being caught up in a major avalanche in the Scottish Highlands has been found, according to Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.
Daniel Maddox, 41, from Clackmannanshire was skiing in an off-piste area behind Glencoe Ski Centre with his friend when the avalanche struck at about 1pm yesterday.
The skier who has gone missing in the Scottish Highlands after getting caught up in an avalanche is "unlikely" to be alive, according to a rescuer.
John Grieve, leader of Glencoe Mountain Team, added: "The avalanche has actually gone into a gully, and in some places the snow is about 40ft deep.
"Our guys have been out digging deep trenches and probing from there, as our poles are obviously not long enough to do it from the surface of the snow.
"The missing man is an extremely experienced skier... we will continue looking until we find him."
The search for a missing skier in the Scottish Highlands is to resume at first light.
The experienced off-piste skier is believed to have been caught up in an avalanche near the Glencoe Ski Centre.
Around 30 people were involved in the search operation yesterday.
A skier said he was on the slopes with his family at the Glencoe Ski Centre all day and saw the rescue mission unfolding.
Mark Fulton, 25, from Inverclyde, said he and his family went in to get some food from the cafe at lunchtime and saw an emergency helicopter "hovering about".
Mr Fulton said:
A search is under way for an experienced off-piste skier believed to have been caught up in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands.
Around 30 people are involved in the search operation in an "off-piste" skiing area in the Etive Glades, the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team said.
The team also includes police, a helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth and the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.
Glencoe Mountain Resort said the missing person was "an experienced off-piste skier" who was caught in an avalanche this afternoon.
A skier has been reported missing after an avalanche near the Glencoe Ski Centre in the Scottish Highlands. STV reports that a search and rescue operation was mobilised after emergency crews received reports of an avalanche in an 'off-piste' ski area in the Etive Glades.