The climbers fell on Stob Coire nam Beith. Photo: Simon McElroy CC-BY-SA-2.0

The climbers fell on Stob Coire nam Beith. Photo: Simon McElroy CC-BY-SA-2.0

Police have named the two climbers who died in a fall from a Glen Coe mountain, one of whom was a member of the local mountain rescue team.

Simon Davidson, 34, of Edinburgh, and Kinlochleven man Joe Smith, 23, who was originally from Lancashire, fell a considerable distance while climbing on Stob Coire nam Beith.

Mr Smith was a member of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, and his colleagues were called out to bring his and fellow experienced mountaineer Mr Davidson’s bodies from the mountain.

John Grieve of the rescue team told the BBC: “It has always been something I’ve dread – carrying one of our own off the hill.”

Police Scotland said: “A report was received around 4.25pm on Saturday from other climbers on the hill.

“Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team attended and recovered the men from the hill who had both sadly died.

“A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal. Members of the public and mountain rescue team are thanked for their efforts during this incident.”

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