TRIBUTE TO AVALANCHE VICTIMS
15th March 2019 | Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
The only survivor of Tuesday’s avalanche on the UK’s highest mountain has paid a touching tribute to his three climbing friends who died. NEW
“The face of a dying man was held between my hands. I did my best to cradle his head and keep it still,” he says in a post on the Mountain Magic Facebook page.
“He was one of four people that Number Five Gully caught in its avalanche on Ben Nevis two days ago.
“Three died. One survived. Alongside many mountaineers and rescue team members, my two clients and I helped to carry three of the four men down the mountain…..
“Respecting the memory of the dead and the feelings of their friends and family is a big deal.
“It’s so sad to see these three mountaineers go and I can only begin to imagine what their loved ones are going through. Yet, as hard as it is, I know I would want the death of a dear friend or family member to help prevent it from happening to other people in the future.”
The Highlands and Islands division of Police Scotland has re-iterated its advice to people venturing out into the mountains to take account of the weather conditions.
“We do not want to put anyone off enjoying the great outdoors activities we have here in Scotland but we would ask that people plan their routes, take sensible precautions and consider whether it is safe to climb a particular route.
“The environment of the Scottish mountains is by its very nature an unpredictable one and it is important that people take as many precautions and plan ahead as much as possible if they are going to go climbing, especially at this time of year.
Detailed information is available from the Scottish Avalanche Information Service.
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