Police release names of climbers killed in Scotland avalanche

Police release names of climbers killed in Scotland avalanche

Credit: Northern Constabulary

Christopher William Bell, 24, from Blackpool, Lancashire

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Updated Sunday, Jan 20 at 12:46 PM

A 24 year-old woman who survived an avalanche in Scotland that killed four other climbers Saturday remains in critical condition, the Northern Constabulary reports.

The woman, from the Durham area, was taken to Belford Hospital with serious head injuries and was later transferred to the Southern General in Glasgow.

The victims were in a group of six climbers -- three men and three women -- who were at Glencoe, one of Scotland's best-known glens, when a snow slope broke away.

Five of them were swept down the mountain in ice and snow, with four dying and one being saved and hospitalized in serious condition. The sixth climber managed to escape unharmed and call emergency services, police said.

The climbers who died are from different parts of the UK, police said.

The dead were identified as:

Christopher William Bell, 24, from Blackpool, Lancashire. Bell was a student studying for a PHD in Ocean Mapping in Oban.

Una Rachel Finnegan, 25, from Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. Finnegan was a Junior Doctor living in Edinburgh

Tom Chesters, 28. Chesters was a PHD student at Hull University, living in Leeds.

The family of the fourth victim of the avalanche has requested that her name be held back until extended next of kin are informed

The surviving member issued a statement, saying “On Saturday 19th January 2013, five of my friends and I were descending a mountain in Glencoe named Stob Coire nam Bian in an area known as Church Door Buttress when the party was swept away by a snow avalanche. It is with much sadness and deep regret that some of my friends have died as a result.

“All in the group loved the mountains and are experienced winter walkers. Can I ask that members of the deceased's families and I are left to grieve in privacy at this difficult time.

"My sincere thanks goes to the members of the public, mountain rescue teams and other emergency services who assisted."

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