Body found in search for climber reported missing in Scottish mountain avalanche

Rescuers searching for a climber reported missing after an avalanche have found a body.

Andrew Vine, 41, was last seen on the west face of Aonach Mor near Fort William in the Highlands at around 1pm on February 28.

Mountain rescue teams, police and the Coastguard carried out a search of Aonach Mor and surrounding area.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team found a body in a gully on the mountain on Sunday afternoon.

It is understood the body has yet to be formally identified.

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Earlier this month, extensive searches to find Andrew were halted due to unflinchingly harsh weather.

Experienced mountaineer Andrew had been with his wife when they were both caught up in the avalanche.

Rescue teams said she made a “lucky escape” after she was swept by the relentless snowfall.

Paramedics rushed her to Belford Hospital in Fort William, while rescuers continued to search for Andrew.

John Stevenson, leader of Lochaber Mountain rescue, said teams had faced serious challenges during the search.

John Stevenson, leader of Lochaber Mountain rescue, said teams had faced serious challenges during the search.

At the time of the initial search, he told local media: “It was quite hard going, quite windy and very cold as you can imagine.”

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