HM Coastugard helicopters assisting in search for overdue climbers at Glencoe


HM Coastguard has been assisting Police Scotland with a search and rescue operation in the Glencoe area.

 

Last night (8 March) Police Scotland requested HM Coastguard assistance for two climbers who had been reported overdue.

 

HM Coastguard Stornoway helicopter was sent to the area just before 10pm to carry out a search.  They were unable to find the climbers but reported that they did see evidence of an avalanche in the area. 

 

Due to the weather conditions on scene the search was suspended until first light today.

 

The search was resumed just after 8am this morning (9 March) with two Coastguard helicopters from Inverness and Prestwick tasked to assist.  Inverness Coastguard helicopter transported Glencoe and Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Teams to the area, whilst Prestwick Coastguard helicopter carried out an extensive search of the climbers' route.

 

One climber was located at midday and the helicopter paramedic winchman assessed them for hypothermia. 

 

The second climber was located around 12.30pm. 

 

We have no further information at this time. 

 

Please contact Police Scotland for any further information.

 

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