One dead, five safe in hunt for Cairngorms walkers

Graham Connell died after 300ft Cairngorms plunge. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Graham Connell died after 300ft Cairngorms plunge. Picture: Ian Rutherford


ONE person has died and five have been rescued after six people were reported missing overnight in the Scottish Highlands.

• The hillwalkers were reported overdue on Sunday evening

• Four climbers were killed in Glencoe last month whilst another three survived an avalanche in the Cairngorms last week

• All six are from or connected to Leeds University

Northern Constabulary confirmed earlier today that five students were located near Carn Tarsuinn in the Cairngorms by Braemar Mountain Rescue Team at around 12.10pm today.

The body of a male was found in the Jacob’s Ladder part of the Cairngorms. No formal identification has been made but police said there are no outstanding missing persons in the area.

The force confirmed that the walkers were part of a larger group visiting the Highlands. The party were either from or connected to Leeds University.

The group were initially reported overdue on Sunday evening.

An RAF spokesman said five of the men were picked up by rescue helicopter 137, and confirmed that the five rescued hillwalkers were uninjured.

As well as the helicopter, the RAF had three other teams from Lossiemouth and Leuchars working on the ground.

None of the six hillwalkers have been identified.


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