Skier missing in avalanche in Scottish Highlands

Northern Constabulary said emergency services were alerted to the avalanche, which occurred close to the Glencoe Ski Centre on Saturday. Photo / Thinkstock
Northern Constabulary said emergency services were alerted to the avalanche, which occurred close to the Glencoe Ski Centre on Saturday. Photo / Thinkstock

A search is under way for a skier believed to have been caught up in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands.

Northern Constabulary said emergency services were alerted to the avalanche, which occurred close to the Glencoe Ski Centre on Saturday.

Around 30 people are involved in the search operation in an "off-piste" skiing area in the Etive Glades, Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team said.

It also includes police, a helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth and Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.

Glencoe Mountain Resort posted on its Facebook page: "(We) regret to say that an experienced off-piste skier skiing out with the ski area was caught in a major avalanche this afternoon.

"Mountain rescue teams and Glencoe Ski patrol have been on site for the last four hours."

A forecast on the SportScotland Avalanche Information Service website on Friday placed Glencoe at "considerable risk" of an avalanche.

-AAP

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