Ben Nevis's North Face is in cloud, the team said. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Ben Nevis's North Face is in cloud, the team said. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A rescue is underway to bring three climbers to safety from the North Face of Ben Nevis.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team has been called out to aid the group who are cragfast on the Orion Face.

The team said the operation is a difficult technical rescue on the longest climb in the UK, which is Alpine in scale.

Conditions on the mountain are poor, it added with rain and low cloud.

The Long Climb on the Orion Face is an 11-pitch, Very-Severe rated route which involves 420m (1,380ft) of vertical ascent.

  • Update: the three climbers have been brought to safety by members of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.

They were found about 200m below the top of the route after a rescuer was lowered down the Orion Face from the summit.

A team spokesperson said: “The options were to continue the lower or lead climbers back to summit. It was safer and easier to lead them back to summit.”

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