Two avalanche victims named

The Ministry of Defence says two of the three people who died after an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands were RAF personnel. Rimon Than, 33, a squadron leader and Flight Lieutenant Fran Capps, 32, were two of the victims.

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Scottish First Minister: Avalanche deaths 'stark, tragic reminder'

My thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of those who have sadly been killed in this tragic accident, as well as those who are still being cared for in hospital.

I'd also like to thank all those involved in the rescue effort and the medical staff who are treating the injured.

This is another stark and tragic reminder of the dangers on our mountains. They are one of the most beautiful places on Earth but they can also be inherently dangerous with treacherous and changeable conditions.

– Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond

Man remains in critical condition following avalanche

Police can confirm that two people involved in the earlier avalanche at Cairngorm have sadly died.

A man and a woman who were airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary earlier have been pronounced dead and a third person, male, is in a critical condition.

– Police spokesman

No further information will be given about those involved until their families have been informed, the spokesman said.

The other members in the party, who were unhurt, were picked up by an RAF rescue helicopter after being located by Braemar Mountain Rescue Team on a hill near Carn Tarsuinn.


Helicopters scrambled to aid in avalanche search

At least three helicopters were scrambled to help with the rescue of 12 people caught up in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands.

An air ambulance helped with the search Credit: STV
One of the RAF helicopters hovers over the Chalamain Gap area of the Cairngorms. Credit: STV
Three casualties were airlifted to hospital in an RAF helicopter Credit: STV


Avalanche is third incident in a dangerous region

The area of the Scottish Highlands where the avalanche took place has seen several recent accidents:

  • Earlier this week, a 31-year-old man was found dead in the Jacob's Ladder area. Five other members of the group he was with were rescued by helicopter.
  • Earlier this month, three men survived falling 150 metres in an avalanche in the Coire an t-Sneachda area.
  • In January, four people were killed in an avalanche in Glencoe.
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