Three climbers have been killed in an avalanche in the Highlands of Scotland.
Police say, in all, nine people in at least two separate parties were caught up in the avalanche. The three who died are said to have lost their fight for life after being taken to hospital in Fort William. The victims became trapped while out with six others in a remote area known for its steep crags near Glencoe. Five survivors were unhurt, one suffered a shoulder injury. Two were rescued by helicopter and transferred to an ambulance before being taken to hospital when blizzard conditions prevented any further airlifts. An official climbers’ information service had warned that the avalanche hazard at the time would have been “considerable”.