Killed climbers ‘fell 300m’

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iol pic wld Britain Avalanche AP Northern Constabulary Chief Inspector Derek Paterson speaks to the media outside Glencoe Mountain Rescue Centre after four climbers were killed in an avalanche on Bidean Nam Bain in Glencoe.

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A mountain rescuer says the four climbers who died in an avalanche in the Scotland Highlands fell around 300 metres and ended up buried in thick snow.

The two men and two women were found dead on Saturday after the accident at Glencoe, one of Scotland's best-known glens. A fifth woman in the group, aged 24, has been hospitalised with serious injuries and a sixth man managed to escape using his ice axe.

Andy Nelson from the Glencoe Mountain Rescue team said the group was buried in snow up to 2 metres deep.

He said on Sunday that the slide would have unfolded “in a split second” and “they would have been travelling at a speed that was impossible to stop”. - Sapa-AP

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