Four die in Scottish Highlands avalanche

Last updated 10:10 20/01/2013

Relevant offers


Driver chases runaway car on motorway Volcano 'explodes' in Alaska, alert level raised Christian-owned bakery loses discrimination ruling over refusal to make 'gay cakes' Man confesses to rape and murder of 4-year-old on live TV Plane crashes on takeoff at Malta airport, five aboard killed British politician John Rees-Evans apologises for claim that a gay donkey tried to rape his stallion Shakespeare's Henry VI co-author finally gets a writing credit, 400 years on France rumbles 'The Jungle': Fear and questions hang over doomed migrant camp Iceland braces for a Pirate Party takeover, as Western politics continues 2016 shake-up Theme park's 'house of horrors' collapses at Ireland's Tayto Park

An avalanche has killed four climbers in the Scottish Highlands, police said.

The victims were in a group of six climbers - three men and three women - who were at Glencoe, one of Scotland's best-known glens, when a snow slope broke away overnight (NZ time).

The BBC said five of them were swept down the mountain in ice and snow, with four dying and one being saved and hospitalised in serious condition. The sixth climber managed to escape unharmed and call emergency services, police said.

John Grieve, who leads the Glencoe mountain rescue team, said it found the dead climbers by pushing a metal stick into the snow.

"I'm not sure how deeply buried they were, but using that technique would suggest it was more than a metre," said Grieve, who was not part of the search.

Like much of Britain, Scotland has been battered by heavy snow and strong winds in the past few days.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content