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Three climbers die on UK’s highest mountain

Three climbers have died and another has been injured after an avalanche on Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain.

Police said they were alerted at around 11.50am on Tuesday and launched a major rescue operation.

Initially, police said two climbers had died and two were injured but later confirmed one of the injured climbers had since died.

Inspector Isla Campbell from Police Scotland said: ‘This has been a challenging operation and I want to pass on my thanks to the mountain rescue teams, colleagues at the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and Scottish Ambulance Service for their assistance in extremely difficult conditions.’

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called the news ‘tragic’ in a Twitter post.

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.’

Ben Nevis, near Fort William, is 1345 metres above sea level and a popular challenge for climbers.

It attracts around 125,000 visitors each year.