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US NewsAvalanche survivor pays tribute to friends lost on Ben Nevis

14:40  15 march  2019
14:40  15 march  2019 Source:   msn.com

Irish climbers' narrow escape from avalanche

Irish climbers' narrow escape from avalanche Two Irish climbers have spoken of their narrow escape from an avalanche on Ben Nevis that claimed three lives. 

A climber who survived a devastating Scottish avalanche which killed three of his friends has spoken from hospital of the terrifying moment they were swept to their deaths. Mathieu Biselx described how the party of four experienced climbers from France and Switzerland were flung down a steep gully on

Mathieu Biselx was climbing Ben Nevis with three friends from Switzerland when disaster struck 3,000ft up the mountain. THE only survivor of the killer avalanche that swept threeclimbers to their deaths hasspoken from his hospital bed. Mathieu Biselx was climbing Ben Nevis with three friends

Avalanche survivor pays tribute to friends lost on Ben Nevis © Andrew Milligan Three men died in an avalanche on Ben Nevis on Tuesday (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The survivor of an avalanche on the UK’s highest peak has paid tribute to his fellow climbers who died, telling them “you will forever be in my heart”.

Swiss national Mathieu Biselx, 30, lost three members of his group on Ben Nevis in the Highlands on Tuesday.

They were caught by a deluge of snow and ice, triggering a huge search and recovery operation in treacherous conditions.

The men were members of the Swiss Alpine Club in the town of Sion in the southwestern canton of Valais.

Mr Biselx, who has been receiving treatment for leg injuries at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, said in a Facebook post: “Raph, Cedric and Adrien, thank you for your friendship.

“Have a good trip to your new mountains.

“Thank you for all you have done for our community, and for your inspiration. You are going to be missed.

“Thank you for having come so far with me. My thoughts are with your families. We are all there for you.

“You will be forever in my heart.”

Two of the avalanche victims were French, aged 41 and 32, and the third was a Swiss 43-year-old.

The men’s mountaineering club said in a statement: “The Swiss Alpine Club is deeply saddened by the terrible news of the three members of the Sion Monte Rosa branch who died on Ben Nevis on Tuesday.

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Climbers have been urged to pay attention to avalanche forecasts on Scotland’s mountains after three mountaineers were killed on Ben Nevis . In a statement on its website, the rescue team offered sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who died, but added: “We would urge climbers

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“We send all our sympathy and our most sincere condolences to the families and those close to those who died.

“Our thoughts are with Mathieu who survived the avalanche and who lost his three climbing companions.”

Mr Biselx said his companions were experienced climbers who took advice from local guides.

He said they had been given two routes to take on the mountain, and upon reaching the second route in the afternoon they saw there had already been an avalanche.

They had barely reached the area when they were swept away.

Mr Biselx, who has a young daughter, said he was “amazingly lucky”.

He told Valais newspaper Le Nouvelliste: “We weren’t very high up and suddenly we heard a noise. We looked round and two seconds later we were carried away by heavy, compact snow.

“When I regained consciousness only my head and an arm were sticking out of the snow.”

He described his companions as “wonderful” people who were also fathers.

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A man who survived an avalanche that killed four people on a Scottish mountain in Glencoe has paid tribute to his friends and the rescue services. In a statement read out by police, the climber said that the group loved the mountains and all were "experienced winter walkers". A 24-year-old woman

Ben Nevis avalanche – Third climber dies in horror incident with another airlifted to hospital after ignoring a red alert avalanche warning. Police and mountain rescue teams were alerted to the danger at around 11.50am. Two men died at the scene and a third later lost his fight for life as mountain

Avalanche survivor pays tribute to friends lost on Ben Nevis © Provided by The Press Association Inspector Isla Campbell updates members of the media in Fort William (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The men were recovered by members of the Lochaber and Glencoe Mountain Rescue teams with assistance from volunteer rescuers training in the area.

It is the third fatal accident on 1,345m Ben Nevis in recent months.

On January 1 a 21-year-old Bristol University student from Germany died after falling from a ridge.

In December, Patrick Boothroyd, 21, from West Yorkshire, died after falling in the Tower Gully area.

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