A survivor of an avalanche that killed four of his friends and left another in a critical condition said they were all experienced winter walkers who loved the mountains.
The man, who has asked for his name to be withheld, expressed his sadness and deep regret at the deaths in Glencoe, in the Scottish Highlands, yesterday.
Yesterday, five of my friends and I were descending a mountain in Glencoe in an area known as Church Door Buttress when the party was swept away by a snow avalanche.
It is with much sadness and deep regret that some of my friends have died as a result.
All in the group loved the mountains and are experienced winter walkers.
Can I ask that the deceased families and I are allowed to grieve in privacy at this difficult time.
My sincere thanks go to members of the public, mountain rescue teams and other emergency services who assisted.
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