Highlands & Islands

Body found in missing hill walker search

Alan and Neil Gibson Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Alan and Neil Gibson had been missing since Thursday

Teams searching for two missing brothers in the hills of Wester Ross have found a body.

Police in Inverness said the body of Alan Gibson was found by mountain rescue teams on Saturday.

The 56-year-old had set off with his brother Neil, 63, and their dog - a black Pointer named Archie, for Achnashellach on Thursday morning.

Police said mountain rescue teams were continuing their efforts to find Neil Gibson.

One of the brothers was thought to have travelled to the Wester Ross area from County Durham, while the other came from Nairn.

Mountain rescue teams have been searching on the ground, while both the Inverness and Stornoway Coastguard helicopters have been flying over a huge area since the pair failed to return from their hill walk on Thursday.

'Very sad time'

In a tweet, Inverness police said: "We can sadly confirm that mountain rescue teams have recovered the body of Alan Gibson, one of two missing brothers and who failed to return from a hillwalk in the #Achnashellach area on Thursday.

"Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.

"Searches are ongoing."

Image copyright Scott Sharman
Image caption Weather conditions in the area were described as "tricky"
Image copyright Torridon Mountain Rescue Team
Image caption Torridon Mountain Rescue Team, seen here training earlier in the week, have been taking part in the search
Image copyright Scott Sharman
Image caption The coastguard rescue helicopter based in Inverness has been part of the operation

Mountain rescue teams from Kintail, Torridon and the RAF have been searching the peaks of Fuar Tholl, Sgorr Ruadh and Beinn Liath Mhor.

The men set off from Strathcarron at about 07:45 on Thursday.

Since then weather conditions were described as "tricky" with frequent snow showers.

Image copyright Jeff Collins/Geograph
Image caption The brothers are thought to have been heading for Achnashellach

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