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Several climbers caught up in avalanche on Ben Nevis

Emergency services have been called to the incident on the UK's highest mountain.

Ben Nevis: Emergency rescue mission after avalanche.
Ben Nevis: Emergency rescue mission after avalanche. PA

A party of climbers have been caught up in an avalanche on Ben Nevis.

Police were made aware of the incident on the UK's highest mountain at around 11.50am on Tuesday.

The coastguard rescue helicopter is currently at the scene assisting with the search for missing climbers.

It is not yet clear how many people are involved or if there are any injuries.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "We were made aware of an avalanche on Ben Nevis shortly after 11.50am this morning.

"Police Scotland is currently co-ordinating the mountain rescue response to this incident and is supporting partners at the scene.

"No further details are available at this time."

A report from the Scottish Avalanche Information Service warned the avalanche hazard would be high in the area between Monday evening and Tuesday night.

The report said: "As the freezing level rises during the night, there will be a brief period of high instability with avalanches occurring on many steep north, north-east and east aspects above 900m.

"Further fresh unstable windslab will continue to form during Tuesday, greatest accumulations will be on steep north, north-east and east aspects above 900m.

"Other sheltered locations will also be affected. The avalanche hazard will be high."

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