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Bodies found on Ben Nevis confirmed as missing climbers

The bodies of a man and a woman found on Ben Nevis have been confirmed as missing climbers Tim Newton and Rachel Slater.

Police Scotland confirmed the deaths of the 27-year-old and 24-year-old from Bradford after the discovery of their bodies last night.

Climbers Tim Newton and Rachel Slater went missing during an outing in February. Credit: Press Association

The experienced climbers were reported missing after failing to return from a climb on Britain's highest mountain in February.

Rescue teams had carried out multiple searches for the couple but saw their efforts hampered by hazardous weather and avalanche risks.

Search for missing climbers in Scotland suspended

Tim Newton and Rachel Slater are missing on Ben Nevis. Credit: PA

The search for two experienced climbers missing for several days in the Scottish Highlands has been suspended for the rest of the weekend due to "increasingly hazardous weather" and a continuing risk of avalanches.

A search team of 26 people braved severe sub-zero temperatures, high winds, falling snow and limited visibility on Saturday in a bid to find Rachel Slater, 24, and 27-year-old Tim Newton.

The couple, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, failed to return from an outing on Ben Nevis last weekend, and treacherous conditions have hindered air and ground searches on Britain's highest peak in recent days.

Police confirmed that there have been no positive sightings resulting from Saturday's efforts and said searches have been suspended for Sunday.

Officers hope the conditions will pick up again on Monday or Tuesday.

Search set to resume for missing Ben Nevis climbers

High winds and driving snow led to the search being suspended on Friday. Credit: Andrew Milligan / PA Wire/PA Images

Search teams hope to resume the hunt for two climbers missing for a week in the Scottish Highlands after bad weather hindered the operation.

Rachel Slater, 24, and Tim Newton, 27, failed to return from an outing on Ben Nevis last weekend and treacherous conditions have hindered air and ground searches on Britain's highest peak.

Relatives of the pair from Bradford, West Yorkshire, remain hopeful the experienced climbers will be found.

The search will continue tomorrow with a improvement in the weather conditions expected.

We would like to thank the climbing community for their support during this difficult time.

– Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team

Police said conditions will be assessed early on Saturday before a decision is made to resume efforts to trace them.

High winds and driving snow led to the search being suspended on Friday.

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