A British climber who was part of an expedition that conquered a Himalayan mountain for the first time is missing in a Scottish avalanche.
Andrew Vine, 41, was climbing the Aonach Mor mountain near Ben Nevis with a female companion when they experienced trouble on Friday afternoon.
His climbing partner, who was found by rescuers, was said to have had a "lucky escape" after being swept "several hundred metres" in the snow slide.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分But the search for Mr Vine, a mechanical engineer from Manchester, has so far proved unsuccessful and the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team called off their effort Sunday afternoon with still no sign of him.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分"Unfortunately we can't find him,” John Stevenson, leader of the rescue team, said. “We had 35 people out today and they have done a great job but the weather is so bad with strong winds, snow and rain.
"We can only assume he is buried. But all we can say is that he is missing."
His wife has travelled from Manchester to the town of Fort William near where the mountain is located and is being kept informed, Mr Stevenson said.
Mr Vine, who graduated from Imperial College with a PhD in Philosophy, is understood to be a highly experienced climber and is a member of the Karabiner Mountaineering Club in Manchester.
Mr Vine has previous experience of mountaineering in many parts of the world, including the Indian Himalaya and the Alps.
In 2001, he led an expedition up the previously unclimbed Mount Tagne in a northern Indian state in the Himalayas.
"The idea of attempting an unclimbed peak was always inviting because it represented real exploration," Mr Vine wrote in a report about the expedition.
"We have gone into a valley virtually unvisited by westerners, reconnoitred many of the possible climbs in the area and successfully made the first ascents of two 6,000m mountains in the Indian Himalaya."
According to Scottish rescue leaders, Mr Vine and his companion had finished a climb when they were hit by an avalanche.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分"They had just come out of a climb when they got hit,” Mr Stevenson said. “She must have gone several hundred metres. We don't know how far he went. She may have been partially buried, we don't know. Either way she is very lucky.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分"We will have to assess things to see when we can resume the search [for Mr Vine]. We need the weather to settle down.”
Teams forced to call off search
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分The rescue team were forced to call off their search Sunday afternoon afternoon while it was still light due to the "very difficult" weather conditions
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Brian Bathurst, deputy team leader of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, searched alongside several other rescue teams for six hours on Friday and several hours on Saturday for the missing climber.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分"We swept the whole coire and did find an avalanche tip, but it was getting dark. We searched on though, but with no results unfortunately," he said.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分"It is hard to know where he went. A lot more snow has fallen since, as well as snow drift. Conditions are particularly difficult today."
Paul Evans, secretary of the Karabiner Mountaineering Club, told the Daily Telegraph: "I can confirm that Andy Vine is a member of the KMC. Obviously this is a time of great concern for our whole club. The club has provided, and will continue to provide, all requested assistance to the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, and to the Highlands and Islands police."
Police at Fort William are appealing for information over Mr Vine, who was last seen on the West Face of Aonach Mor around 1pm on Friday.
Sergeant Ross McCartney at Fort William said: “As time passes we are becoming increasingly concerned for Mr Vine and would like to speak to anyone who has seen him since 1pm on Friday, 28 February, 2020.”