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Search in Lochaber for Kyle Knox from London suspended

Kyle Knox Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Kyle Knox failed to return to his accommodation in Fort William

Searches for a hillwalker who was reported missing after planning an ascent of Ben Nevis has been suspended because of bad weather.

Kyle Knox, 23, from London, failed to return to his accommodation in Fort William on Tuesday.

He was seen at about 10:00 on Monday in the Glen Nevis, but police have received a report of a possible sighting of him on Ben Nevis.

Police said searches on Tuesday and Wednesday were "very challenging".

A police spokesman said: "The search of the Glen Nevis area for missing hillwalker Kyle Knox is to be suspended until ground conditions improve to allow a safe and full search by mountain rescue teams.

"Conditions will be continually assessed going forward and it is hoped the search for Mr Knox will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.

"Police Scotland extends appreciation to all personnel involved in yesterday's search efforts, which took place in very challenging conditions."

Police said he is 5ft 10in tall, slim build with dark hair. He was wearing dark waterproof trousers, walking boots and a jacket with red flashes on it.

The search on Tuesday and Wednesday featured the last involvement of a Sea King helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth in a search and rescue.

The RAF was due to hand over its search and rescue role to a civilian contractor at 09:00 on Wednesday, but was still on the scene for several hours after that.

The crew involved was eventually stood down with duties handed over to a Coastguard co-ordinated Bristow helicopter crew based at Inverness Airport.

Lochaber, Glencoe and RAF mountain rescue teams have also been looking for Mr Knox.

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