Dr Rachel Majumdar

Dr Rachel Majumdar

Police have named the fourth person who died in the Glencoe avalanche.

She was Dr Rachel Majumdar, 29, who worked at Harrogate District Hospital in North Yorkshire.

Dr Majumdar lived in Leeds and was originally from Merseyside.

She was killed in the avalanche in a gully near Church Door Buttress on Bidean nam Bian on Saturday.

Una Finnegan

Una Finnegan

Dr Majumdar was descending from a walk on Bidean nam Beith with five friends when the avalanche was triggered.

Others who died were junior doctor Una Rachel Finnegan, 25, from County Antrim in Northern Ireland, who lived in Edinburgh.

Christopher William Bell, 24, from Blackpool in Lancashire was a PhD student studying ocean mapping in Oban.

And Tom Chesters, 28, who lived in Leeds, West Yorkshire was a PhD student a Hull University.

The four were in the party of six descending a gully between Stob Coire nam Beith and Bidean nam Bian when they were struck by the avalanche at about 2pm.

Christopher Bell

Christopher Bell

Other climbers who were in the area found one of the casualties who said there were people buried by the avalanche.

Tom Chesters

Tom Chesters

A 24-year-old woman from the Durham area is still critically ill in Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

One of the hillwalkers who survived the avalanche uninjured, said: “It is with much sadness and deep regret that some of my friends have died as a result.

“All in the group loved the mountains and are experienced winter walkers.

“My sincere thanks go to the members of the public, mountain rescue teams and other emergency services who assisted.”

A statement from the Mountaineering Council of Scotland said: “The tragic news concerning the fatalities and those injured in [the] avalanche in Glencoe highlights the risks faced by climbers in Scotland’s mountains and the importance of preparation including being aware in advance of the prevailing conditions relating to mountain weather and avalanche conditions.

“The thoughts of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and its members are with the families and friends of the deceased and injured at this difficult time.

“As ever, we also wish to recognise the efforts of the emergency services and members of voluntary mountain rescue teams in their search for, and recovery of, the victims of today’s events.”

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