Highlands & Islands

Two seriously injured in avalanche on Ben Nevis

Two French men have been badly injured after being caught in an avalanche in Garadh Gully on Ben Nevis.

A 61-year-old man was swept 300m (984.3ft) and a 39-year-old man 200m (656.2ft) at about 0935 GMT. A third man in the group escaped injury.

The incident followed a warning on Tuesday from the Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) of an increased risk of avalanches.

Police said the injured men were in a stable condition in hospital.

One was airlifted to Belford Hospital in Fort William by an RAF helicopter and the other was taken there by an ambulance.

Police said both had serious leg injuries.

The third man in the group was not caught in the avalanche and was able to make his own way off the hill.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team was involved in the rescue.

The SAIS said recent heavy snowfalls had heightened the risk of avalanches.

According to its website, 39 avalanches have been recorded in the past month.

Northern Constabulary has urged walkers and climbers to check the service's avalanche forecasts before setting out.

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