A 21-year-old climber has died in the wake of falling while at the same time handling a course in Ben Nevis’ Tower Gully. Police were alarmed to the mishap at about 14:25 on Sunday.

The man was an understudy at Cardiff University and had been an individual from the college’s understudies’ association mountaineering club.

He was flown by a coastguard helicopter to the Belford Hospital in Fort William where he passed away from his wounds. The man’s climbing accomplice also fell however he was able to survive his ordeal. He has been getting treatment at the Belford for “non-perilous wounds”.

Sgt Michael Bell, of Police Scotland, stated: “Our thoughts are with the man’s friends and family at this very sad time. I would take the opportunity to thank the crew of the HM Coastguard helicopter and Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team for their assistance with this incident.”

A spokesman for Cardiff University, stated: “We are aware of the tragic death of a Cardiff University student over the weekend. The next of kin have been notified and we continue to liaise closely with our students’ union colleagues. Our immediate thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends. Advice and support is available to anyone touched by this event.”


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