Scotland: Body of missing skier Daniel Maddox found after avalanche in Glencoe – 310313 1630z

Update 31 Mar 2013 160z:

Lochaber mountain rescue team have found the body of Daniel Maddox, 41 yrs old from Clackmannanshire in the search for a skier missing after avalanche yesterday near Glencoe

(Photo: Sky News)

A rescue operation has resumed on Sunday near Glencoe Ski Centre following an avalanche, but searchers say there is little chance a missing skier has survived.

One off-piste skier is feared buried in the avalanche and mountain rescue teams have so far been unable to find him.

Emergency services were alerted to the avalanche close to the Glencoe Ski Centre just after 1pm on Saturday.

Staff from the ski centre helped mountain rescue teams in the search in an off-piste skiing area in the Etive Glades, Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team said.

RAF Lossiemouth and Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team were also involved.

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

Four people killed in Glencoe Avalanche
The avalanche is the second serious incident at Glencoe this year

Off-piste skiing, also referred to as back country skiing, involves the use of unofficial slopes which are not patrolled or maintained.

A forecast on the sportscotland Avalanche Information Service website on Saturday placed Glencoe at considerable risk of an avalanche.

The snowpack is moderately to poorly bonded on many steep slopes, it said.

Triggering is possible, even from low additional loads, particularly on the indicated steep slopes. In some cases medium-sized, in isolated cases large-sized, natural avalanches are possible.

Rescuers said the snow is up to 40 feet deep and has hampered search efforts and admitted it was unlikely the man could have survived.

John Grieve, leader of Glencoe Mountain Team, said the avalanche travelled around 1,000ft down the rocky face of the slope.

He said: The avalanche has actually gone into a gully, and in some places the snow is about 40ft deep.

Glencoe map in Scotland
Some 30 people are involved in the search in an off-piste area of Glencoe

Its not like a normal ski slope where it is mainly smooth and straight. There are a lot of rocks around and it is more dangerous.

Mark Fulton, 25, from Gourock, Inverclyde, who was skiing all day with his family on the slopes at the Glencoe Ski Centre, said he saw the rescue mission unfolding.

I was up there from about 10am and at lunchtime we went in to get something to eat at the cafe and we saw an emergency helicopter hovering about, he said.

It looked as though it was coming in to land near the bottom of the hill. When we were leaving later I saw police and mountain rescue vans all gathered as well.

I didnt actually know there had been an avalanche until I was driving home and heard it on the radio.

Its just not something you think about when youre going out skiing, you never think something like that will happen to you its like when you get on a plane, you dont think its going to crash.

I just hope the person is found safe and well.

Glencoe Ski area, also known as Glencoe Mountain or the White Corries ski centre, is the oldest ski area in Scotland.

In January, four people died while descending the 3,658ft Bidean Nam Bian near Glencoe. An avalanche struck without warning and swept them 1,000ft down the mountainside.

In the same month, 22-year-old Ben St Joseph, from Essex, died after falling 100 metres from Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis.

In February, three men survived falling 150 metres (450ft) in an avalanche in the Coire an t-Sneachda area of the Cairngorm mountain range.

Lochaber MRT (on Facebook 13hrs ago): Lochaber MRT have been assisting Glencoe MRT in the search for a avalanched skier. Team members were flown in from Fort William team base to the scene by R137. Despite hours of digging and probing in a confined area, avalanche depth in excess of 6mtrs deep, the skier was not found. The search continues tomorrow. LMRT

Rescuers resume search for skier after avalanche in Glencoe

BBC NEWS 31 March 2013 Last updated at 10:31

(Photo: glencoemountainrescue.org.uk) Glencoe Mountain Rescue

The search for a skier missing after an avalanche near Glencoe Ski Centre in the west Highlands has resumed.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident at an off-piste skiing area in the Etive Glades on Saturday.

(Photo: ibtimes.com)

Glencoe Mountain Resort said an experienced off-piste skier had been caught in the major avalanche.

Northern Constabulary is co-ordinating the search, with members of Glencoe and Lochaber rescue teams.

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The avalanche has actually gone into a gully, and in some places the snow is about 40ft deep

John Grieve Mountain rescue leader

The search, which had been called off as darkness fell on Saturday, included an RAF Lossiemouth helicopter.

John Grieve, leader of Glencoe Mountain Team, said the avalanche travelled about 1,000ft down the slopes rocky face.

The avalanche has actually gone into a gully, and in some places the snow is about 40ft deep, he said.

He added that it was unlikely the skiier had survived in those circumstances.

There have been a number of serious incidents as a result of avalanches in Scotland this year.

In January four experienced climbers died on Bidean Nam Bianin Glencoe.

Three people also died after an avalanche in the Cairngorms in February.

Two of the climbers were off-duty members of the RAF Mountaineering Association. The third fatality was a student on a course at the Glenmore Lodge outdoor centre.

In the same week there was a second fatal avalanche involving a hillwalker.

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About 30 people from Glencoe and Lochaber mountain rescue teams, SARDA, police, the mountain resorts ski patrol and a helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth all helped with the operation in the Etive Glades.

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Update 31 Mar 2013 160z: Lochaber mountain rescue team have found the body of Daniel Maddox, 41 yrs old from Clackmannanshire in the search for a skier missing after avalanche yesterday near Glencoe

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