Climber killed on Ben Nevis was from Ger­many

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

Lochaber Po­lice have con­firmed that the climber who died on Ben Nevis on New Year’s Day was a 21-year-old woman from Ger­many.

The in­ci­dent was re­ported to po­lice at 10.40am af­ter the woman, a stu­dent from Bris­tol Univer­sity who was part of a four-strong party on a planned ex­pe­di­tion along the pop­u­lar Càrn Dearg route, fell 500 feet while climb­ing.

On New Year’s Day, Lochaber Moun­tain Res­cue Team re­ceived an emer­gency call at around 10.30am and a Coast­guard he­li­copter air­lifted mem­bers of the team to retrieve the woman’s body and pick up her climb­ing com­pan­ions.

A state­ment posted on the Lochaber Moun­tain Res­cue Team Face­book page said: ‘The team had to re­cover a young climber who, un­for­tu­nately, lost her life fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent on Càrn Dearg on Ben Nevis. We pass on our sin­cere con­do­lences to her fam­ily and friends. A very sad start to 2019.’

The team also thanked the Coast­guard he­li­copter crew for what it called ‘an­other ex­am­ple of ex­cep­tional fly­ing’, en­abling the team to evac­u­ate the ca­su­alty from a very dif­fi­cult lo­ca­tion.

Sergeant Michael Bell said: ‘Our thoughts are with the woman’s friends and fam­ily at this tragic time. There are no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances and a re­port will be sub­mit­ted to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal.’

The woman’s fam­ily have re­quested no fur­ther de­tails are is­sued.

This is the sec­ond death on Bri­tain’s high­est moun­tain in a mat­ter of weeks and fol­lows that of Cardiff Univer­sity stu­dent Pa­trick Boothroyd, 21.

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