Climbers feared to be caught in Ben Nevis avalanche

Several climbers are feared to have been caught up in an avalanche on Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain.

An air ambulance and Coastguard helicopter have been sent to the scene.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman told the Press Association there were climbers on the hill but their condition is not yet known.

She added: “We were made aware of an avalanche on Ben Nevis shortly after 11.50am this morning.

“Police Scotland is currently coordinating the mountain rescue response to this incident and is supporting partners at the scene.

“No further details are available at this time”.

The Scottish Ambulance Service were alerted to the incident shortly after 12.20pm and also sent three ambulances to the peak.

A spokesman said: “We received a call at 1222 hours today to attend an incident in Ben Nevis.

“We dispatched three ambulances, a Helimed resource and our trauma team to the scene.”

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