The Stornoway Coastguard helicopter helped in the search for the missing walker

The Stornoway Coastguard helicopter helped in the search for the missing walker

A major search for a walker missing for 24 hours on Britain’s highest mountain has been suspended.

Three mountain rescue teams and search and rescue dogs were joined by a Coastguard helicopter on Monday, in the hunt for a 20-year-old ill equipped man missing overnight on Ben Nevis.

Police say they are increasingly concerned for the welfare of Haider Ali Manir, who was last seen around near the top of the mountain at a height of about 1,000m (3,281ft) on Sunday. His family reported him missing about 6pm when he failed to return.

A spokesperson for Northern Constabulary said: “The man is wearing jeans and a navy jacket and is not equipped for hillwalking or for the weather conditions overnight.

“Conditions are deteriorating at higher levels and police are increasingly concerned for the man.”

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, and colleagues from the RAF Kinloss and RAF Valley Mountain Rescue Teams searched the mountain today, aided by the Stornoway Coastguard helicopter, but the operation has been suspended due to darkness and poor weather conditions.

Police said the search will resume at first light.

Northern Constabulary is appealing for any walkers who have seen Mr Manir or who may have information about his whereabouts to contact them on 01463 715555. He was last seen wearing jeans and a navy jacket and black hat.

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