TWO people have died and another two are injured following a monster avalanche on the UK’s highest mountain.
A coastguard helicopter and air ambulance have been scrambled to the iconic mountain, in the Scottish Highlands.
Police have now confirmed that two people have died in the incident, which occurred in a gully on the peak.
The avalanche happened close to midday today.
It comes as the potential avalanche risk in Lochaber, where Ben Nevis is located, was assessed as “high” yesterday, the Scottish Avalanche Information Service said.
“We were made aware of an avalanche on Ben Nevis shortly after 11:50 this morning”
Police Scotland statement
Police Scotland said: “Police Scotland is currently coordinating a mountain rescue response following reports of an avalanche on Ben Nevis this morning.
“Police were informed that the avalanche had occurred in Number 5 Gully area at around 11.50am.
“We can sadly confirm that three people have died and one person has been injured.
“Volunteers from Lochaber and Glencoe mountain rescue teams remain at the scene and were assisted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Scottish Ambulance Service.”
The Scottish Ambulance Service said it sent an air ambulance, three ambulances and a trauma team 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.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has described the incident as “absolutely tragic news”.
She tweeted: “My thoughts are very much with the bereaved and injured. And my gratitude as always for the work of our emergency services, Mountain Rescue and Coastguard.”