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.
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