Mr Bialas's body was recovered from the North Face. Photo: Peter CC-BY-SA-2.0

Mr Bialas's body was recovered from the North Face. Photo: Peter CC-BY-SA-2.0

Rescuers have recovered the body of a man who fell from Ben Nevis in January.

A Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team member located Marcin Bialas’s body in Observatory Gully on Friday.

The Polish man fell from near the summit of the mountain when a cornice collapsed. Repeated and prolonged searches by the rescue team were hampered by late-lying snowfields, some up to 10m deep in June.

A team spokesperson said the recovery of Mr Bialas’s body was completed with considerable difficulty. “The location was high in Observatory Gully and involved lowers down large snowfields and very large loose boulder fields,” the spokesperson said. “This was a fantastic effort from the team members and the equipment.

“Our thoughts and sincerest condolences go out to his partner, family and friends.”

During the recovery of the body, Lochaber MRT was alerted to two climbers stuck on Tower Ridge. The spokesperson said: “Team members started to climb up to the casualties who were stuck at Tower Gap.

“R951 [the Inverness Coastguard helicopter] was tasked to assist with the Tower Ridge incident and managed to evacuate the two climbers. We are grateful for the helicopter support on one of the hottest days ever recorded in Lochaber.”

The team urged hillgoers to make sure they take plenty of fluids as they have dealt with a series of heat-related incidents as temperatures approached 30C.

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