Highlands & Islands

Cardiff University climber, 21, dies in fall on Ben Nevis

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Image caption The accident on Ben Nevis happened on Sunday

A 21-year-old climber has died after falling while tackling a route in Ben Nevis' Tower Gully.

Police were alerted to the accident at about 14:25 on Sunday.

The man was a student at Cardiff University and had been a member of the university's students' union mountaineering club.

He was flown by a coastguard search and rescue helicopter to the Belford Hospital in Fort William where he died from his injuries.

The man's climbing partner also fell and survived. He has been receiving treatment at the Belford for "non-life threatening injuries".

'Advice and support'

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team was also involved in the rescue operation.

Sgt Michael Bell, of Police Scotland, said: "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 said: "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."