January 24, 2009 / 6:01 PM / in 10 years

Three killed in Scottish avalanche

LONDON (Reuters) - Three people were killed in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday, police said.

The three had become trapped while out with six others on Buachaille Etive Mor on Glencoe, near Fort Willliam.

Two were rescued by helicopter and transferred to an ambulance before being taken to hospital, but blizzards prevented a second Sea King reaching the others.

Mountain rescue teams then took over the search for the remaining members who were in at least two separate groups.

Five were found without injuries. One had a shoulder injury.

The area is popular with skiers as well as climbers.

Reporting by Avril Ormsby; Editing by Elizabeth Piper

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