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Bodies found on Ben Nevis confirmed as missing climbers

The bodies of a man and a woman found on Ben Nevis have been confirmed as missing climbers Tim Newton and Rachel Slater.

Police Scotland confirmed the deaths of the 27-year-old and 24-year-old from Bradford after the discovery of their bodies last night.

Climbers Tim Newton and Rachel Slater went missing during an outing in February. Credit: Press Association

The experienced climbers were reported missing after failing to return from a climb on Britain's highest mountain in February.

Rescue teams had carried out multiple searches for the couple but saw their efforts hampered by hazardous weather and avalanche risks.


Search for missing climbers in Scotland suspended

Tim Newton and Rachel Slater are missing on Ben Nevis. Credit: PA

The search for two experienced climbers missing for several days in the Scottish Highlands has been suspended for the rest of the weekend due to "increasingly hazardous weather" and a continuing risk of avalanches.

A search team of 26 people braved severe sub-zero temperatures, high winds, falling snow and limited visibility on Saturday in a bid to find Rachel Slater, 24, and 27-year-old Tim Newton.

The couple, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, failed to return from an outing on Ben Nevis last weekend, and treacherous conditions have hindered air and ground searches on Britain's highest peak in recent days.

Police confirmed that there have been no positive sightings resulting from Saturday's efforts and said searches have been suspended for Sunday.

Officers hope the conditions will pick up again on Monday or Tuesday.

Search set to resume for missing Ben Nevis climbers

High winds and driving snow led to the search being suspended on Friday. Credit: Andrew Milligan / PA Wire/PA Images

Search teams hope to resume the hunt for two climbers missing for a week in the Scottish Highlands after bad weather hindered the operation.

Rachel Slater, 24, and Tim Newton, 27, failed to return from an outing on Ben Nevis last weekend and treacherous conditions have hindered air and ground searches on Britain's highest peak.

Relatives of the pair from Bradford, West Yorkshire, remain hopeful the experienced climbers will be found.

The search will continue tomorrow with a improvement in the weather conditions expected.

We would like to thank the climbing community for their support during this difficult time.

– Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team

Police said conditions will be assessed early on Saturday before a decision is made to resume efforts to trace them.

High winds and driving snow led to the search being suspended on Friday.

Two climbers missing on Ben Nevis

Two climbers have gone missing on Ben Nevis.

A search is under way for Rachel Slater, 24 and Tim Newton, 27, from the Bradford area of West Yorkshire.

A search is under way forRachel Slater and Tim Newton who are missing on Ben Nevis Credit: PA

They are believed to have camped in a green tent behind the Charles Inglis Clark Memorial hut on Britain's highest mountain at the weekend.

The Lochaber Mountain Rescue team were searching for them yesterday and they will be out again today.

They are receiving help from the RAF Mountain Rescue Team and the Search and Rescue Dog Association.

The terrain does not allow for any vehicles to be used so the search is carried out on foot.

– Police Scotland spokesman

Police are asking anyone who might have seen the two climbers to call 101.


Man and woman injured in Ben Nevis avalanche

A man and a woman have been injured in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands.

Emergency services received a report of an avalanche on Ben Nevis at about 1.10pm today.

A Royal Navy helicopter is assisting the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team at the scene. Credit: Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team

Police Scotland said a woman is understood to be in a serious condition and has been airlifted to Belford Hospital.

There is no information about the man's condition at this stage.

The Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and a Royal Navy helicopter from HMS Gannet in Prestwick, Ayrshire, have been taking part in the rescue efforts.

Walkers missing on Ben Nevis found 'safe and well'

Two walkers who went missing on the UK's highest peak in poor weather conditions have been found safe.

A search was launched yesterday after the pair became disorientated at the summit of Ben Nevis in the Highlands.

Police and Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team co-ordinated the search, which had been expected to resume today.But Police Scotland later confirmed that the walkers have been traced "safe and well".

Minister warns: 'Lives can be lost' in Scottish Highlands

Minister for Sport and Commonwealth Games Shona Robison urged the public to be careful when visiting Scotland's hills and mountains, with avalanche warnings in place across a number of popular destinations.

It doesn't matter if it's your first or one thousandth trip to a mountain you must prepare properly and check the weather and avalanche conditions as close as possible to departure.

The majority of walkers and skiers have safe and enjoyable trips but lives can be easily lost. Scotland's snow topped scenes are as potentially deadly as they are beautiful.

– Minister for Sport and Commonwealth Games Shona Robison

Search for missing Ben Nevis walkers set to resume

A rescue team is searching for two hill walkers missing on the UK's highest peak.

The search was launched after the walkers became disorientated because of poor weather conditions on the summit of Ben Nevis in the Highlands, police said.

Ben Nevis. Credit: Richard Holt/Press Association Images

Police Scotland and Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team are co-ordinating the search, which is being resumed today. Heavy snow affected several parts of Scotland yesterday, with blizzard conditions reported on higher ground.

Snow gates were closed Braemar, Spittal of Glenshee and Cockbridge - Tomintoul. Reports of the search came as the Scottish Government issued a warning to walkers and climbers.

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