Highlands & Islands

Climber dies and another injured after Ben Nevis fall

Ben Nevis
Image caption The two climbers fell near the summit of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis

A climber has died and another is seriously injured after they fell more than 1,000ft (350m) near the summit of Ben Nevis in the Highlands.

The emergency services were alerted at about 11:00. An RAF helicopter and the Lochaber Mountain Rescue team went to the scene.

The pair had been ice climbing in an area known as Zero Gully. Other climbers in the area went to help them.

The survivor was taken to Belford Hospital in Fort William.

John Stevenson, from Lochaber Mountain Rescue, told BBC Scotland that conditions in the area were good at the time.

He said: "They were on a gully, Zero Gully it's called, and they must have been pretty well up it, probably past the hard patch on it, and something's happened.

"One of them has fallen off and taken the other one with him. They have gone down about 350m-plus, to the bottom.

"The weather was fine. The top of the Ben was crystal clear. So it looks like they have just had an unfortunate accident."

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