The constituency MSP for Lochaber has described the news that two people have died following an avalanche on Ben Nevis earlier today (12 March) as “absolutely awful”.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “First and foremost my thoughts are with the families of the climbers. This is heart-breaking news.
“I’m sure that the hearts of everybody in the local area go out to those who are grieving. I sincerely hope that there are no further casualties.
“Sincere gratitude, as always, goes to the volunteers in Lochaber and Glencoe Mountain Rescue Teams. They are ready and willing to go out in all weathers whenever the call comes.
“We have fantastic terrain in Lochaber that attracts thousands of climbers and walkers every year, and it is desperately sad when people come to harm.”