Searches for Neil Gibson have so far failed to find the walker. Photo: Dundonnell MRT

Searches for Neil Gibson have so far failed to find the walker. Photo: Dundonnell MRT

Police have revealed the body of the dog belonging to two brothers who went missing in Strathcarron has been found.

Alan Gibson’s body was found on 10 February on Beinn Liath Mhòr near Achnashellach, but his brother Neil, 63, has not been found.

Searches continue for Neil Gibson, along with two other men still missing in winter conditions in the Highlands. Rescue teams involved in the operations face poor weather conditions and a high risk of avalanches.

The Gibson brothers were reported overdue from a walk on 8 February. Dundonnell and Torridon Mountain Rescue Teams carried out extensive searches, and the Torridon team has this week continued efforts to find Neil Gibson, aided by Coastguard helicopter crews. The body of the men’s dog was discovered on Thursday.

Two other walkers remain unaccounted for.

Marcin Bialas was reported missing after a fall close to the summit of Ben Nevis on 21 January. Numerous searches for the 36-year-old in the Observatory Gully and Gardyloo Gully areas failed to find the walker.

Jim Stalker was reported missing on Sunday, 11 February after a fall near the summit of Beinn a’ Chaorainn, west of Creag Meagaidh. Mr Stalker is believed to have fallen through a cornice.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and the RAF Mountain Rescue Service have carried out further searches this week without success.

Police Scotland said carrying out searches for all three men has been challenging due to poor weather and a high risk of avalanche, although activity has continued where conditions allow.

Inspector Nick Hough, based at Fort William, said: “We currently have three missing persons in our mountain ranges and we have been co-ordinating searches with local Lochaber and Torridon Mountain Rescue Teams, HM Coastguard air support and other mountain rescue services.

“Our thoughts remain very much the families and friends of all three men and we would like to reassure them that all of the different agencies are committed to continuing with searches, where it is safe to do so.

“Large accumulations of snow remain and there is currently a high risk of avalanche in the areas.

“I wish to express my thanks to all the volunteers and partner search agencies that have already made considerable efforts to search for the missing walkers.

“Their continued commitment is appreciated by Police Scotland and the friends and families of the missing persons.”

John Stevenson, leader of Lochaber MRT, said: “We are still experiencing full winter conditions on Ben Nevis and the wider Lochaber area and they are challenging.

“We urge any visiting climbers and walkers to the area to be fully prepared prior to venturing out. Always check weather forecasts, avalanche reports and plan your routes; have alternative routes if weather conditions are not suitable when you arrive.

“Walkers should have a full complement of winter equipment, clothing, navigation and safety aids before attempting any walk or climb.”

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