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.

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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.