11th March 2022
Police Scotland is appealing to hill users and mountaineers to plan ahead and take extra care in the coming weeks. The deaths have occurred in the past two weeks. NEW
“Mountain Rescue Teams across Scotland have been experiencing a recent increase in callouts and six people have tragically lost their lives over the last two weeks,” said a statement from the police.
Mountain Rescue Teams dealt with an incident on Ben Nevis when a number of people in got into difficulty.
One man, aged 28 was pronounced dead at the scene.
23 people were assisted off the mountain.
Two men, aged 29 and 37 were treated in hospital.
Accident is recent weeks:
“The onset of spring has brought some more settled weather patterns and a welcome increase in daylight hours,” said Inspector Matt Smith, Police Scotland Mountain Rescue coordinator.
“We would urge those seeking to venture into the outdoors to take extra care. Challenging winter conditions still prevail in the hills with large areas totally covered in snow and ice. “
We have reported on the skiing conditions in our PlanetSKI Snow Report .
Skiing in Scotland. Image c/o Rod Frazer.
The authorities urge that hill walkers carry crampons and an ice axe and “most importantly, the group has a knowledge in how and when to use them.”
They warn that “a slip in these situations may have very serious or fatal consequences”.
People are urged to understand the risks of their activity, the experience in the group, and the prevailing weather conditions during.
If people need help then they are urged to dial 999, ask for the police and then for Mountain Rescue.