Body found in Glen Nevis area.

From the BBC Scotland news.


2005 – one of the searches where we never located the casualty.

Police and mountain rescue have recovered a body from Glen Nevis in the Highlands.

The alert was raised at about 14:00 on Saturday that a body had been discovered.

Inquiries are ongoing to establish the identity of the person found. It is not known if it is a man or a woman.

Ch Insp Alastair Garrow said: “The body was recovered in a remote location and had clearly been there for some considerable time.‎”

He added: “We will obviously be considering all options in terms of longer term missing people who have sadly not been found yet.

“These operations can be challenging and I would like to thank all those who assisted in recovering the body sensitively and safely.”

One week ago the body of a climber who fell from Ben Nevis was found .

Marcin Bialas, who was 36, reportedly fell through an overhanging ledge of snow on the mountain into a gully on 21 January.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue said a man’s body was recovered from Observation Gully on Ben Nevis on Saturday 30 June.

Sadly over the years there have been several

Walkers missing in this busy area and once the body has been identified at least the family will have closure.

Never easy for all those involved. Sadly despite the popularity of these hills in bad weather you can maybe due to a navigational error a slip or illness  end up in some wild area far from help that few enter in to. Teams can only search if they have an idea what the missing person was heading for , sometimes they leave no route or clue and sadly hope fades and searches are called off.

Glen Nevis, one of the most picturesque of all glens. This leads not just along the foot of the Ben itself but past the stunning ridges of the Mamores and through the dramatic Nevis Gorge to Steall Falls – It is also the pathway for many walk within the area. To me it is surely one of the most dramatic destinations for a shorter walk in all Scotland. There  are over 20 Munros in this area it is a honey pot for walkers. WH Murray likens it to a Himalayan walk through the gorge.

Most folk like the idea  to be free to roam, but they generally have a good idea of one’s objective for a days walk and leaving a route helps the Rescue Agencies and enables them to put resources in key areas. Without this looking for someone in area like this a needle in a haystack scenario. So please leave a route or at least have someone aware of what your plans are. Give the Rescue services a chance.

The wild corries of Anoach Beag. Few come to this side of the mountain.

.“When a person goes missing, the relatives are faced with awful uncertainty and grief. There’s also a legislative process of immense complexity to deal with.

“While the aftermath is bad enough, the next of kin are unable to administer the financial situation of their missing relative, due to legal issues, and they suffer financial hardship while lacking information about the actions they are able to take in relation to the missing person’s property.” Until their found there can be no closure for many.

Thinking of all those who have lost a loved one and for those who have carried out the recovery.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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