Missing walker Kyle Knox

Missing walker Kyle Knox

Rescuers have found the body of a walker who went missing more than two weeks ago on Ben Nevis.

The crew of a Royal Navy helicopter spotted the body of Kyle Knox in Surgeon’s Gully yesterday.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team members have been continuing the search regularly on their days off after the initial hunt for the 23-year-old Londoner had to be called off because of severe weather and high avalanche risk. RAF Mountain Rescue Team members also continued to help in the operation.

Mr Knox failed to return from a walk on Britain’s highest mountain on 30 March.

A police helicopter and a Sea King from HMS Gannet in Ayrshire joined the operation yesterday and Mr Knox’s body was found in the gully, on the south-western flanks of the mountain.

Rescuers said they believed Mr Knox may have strayed from the path between Coire Eòghainn and Five Finger Gully.

The body has been formally identified and Mr Knox’s family informed.

A rescue team spokesperson said: “Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team would like to send our condolences to the friends and family of Kyle.

“Thanks again to everyone who helped in the search.”

A police spokesperson said: “Police Scotland would like to extend gratitude to all mountain rescue teams and Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre personnel involved in the search for Mr Knox, in addition to SARDA dogs under the control of Lochaber Mountain Rescue.

“Police Scotland would also thank members of the public and the media who assisted with the sharing and supply of vital information during the search for Mr Knox.”

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