Scottish avalanche traps climbers

By Lauren Grice

An avalanche in Scotland has trapped a number of climbers in the Cairngorm Mountain range today (February 14th).

Northern Constabulary has confirmed emergency services are currently in attendance at the scene and are being assisted by members of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team.

The avalanche is said to have occurred shortly after midday and affected the Chalamain Gap area of the range.

Air vehicles from RAF Lossiemouth, including a number of helicopters, are also assisting rescuers in searching for the three people that are thought to be unaccounted for.

The number of people caught up in the incident was initially thought to be higher, with an RAF Mountain Rescue spokesman indicating that up to eight climbers may have been affected.

This latest incident is the second time within a week that rescuers have been called out following an avalanche on the Cairngorms.

Graham Connell of West Yorkshire was found dead in the Jacob’s Ladder area on Monday and five of his climbing companions from Leeds University were rescued by helicopter.

As well as being a popular area with climbers, the Cairngorm range is home to a bustling skiing and winter sports industry.

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