The helicopter has flown to a reported avalanche on Creag Meagaidh. Photo: Paul Birrell CC-BY-SA-2.0

The helicopter has flown to a reported avalanche on Creag Meagaidh. Photo: Paul Birrell CC-BY-SA-2.0

A search by a Coastguard helicopter for two missing climbers on Ben Nevis has been suspended after reports of an incident on another Lochaber mountain.

Police said the Inverness Coastguard Sikorsky S-92 which had been helping rescuers in the search for Rachel Slater and Tim Newton has been diverted to Creag Meagaidh, following a reported avalanche in the area.

The operation to find the Bradford couple, who have been missing on Britain’s highest mountain since Sunday, resumed on Wednesday afternoon when weather improved. It had been suspended when conditions were judged too dangerous for mountain rescue teams when two of them were avalanched on the North Face of the Ben during the search.

Police Scotland said an update on the Creag Meagaidh incident will be issued when further information is available.

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