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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