THE next of kin of the three climbers who died in the avalanche on Ben Nevis have been notified, police have confirmed.

Earlier today it was confirmed that three men, one Swiss and two French, lost their lives in the incident.

The two Frenchmen were aged 41 and 32, and the other man who died is a Swiss national aged 43.

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The man who was injured, another Swiss national, is 30-years-old and remains at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in a stable condition.

Fort William Inspector, Isla Campbell said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved in the avalanche on Ben Nevis yesterday.

“Formal identification will take place in due course and the next of kin of those involved have now all been informed.

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“I would again like to thank the volunteers from Lochaber and Glencoe mountain rescue teams and the members of the public who assisted with this incident, in what was extremely challenging conditions.”

Brian Tregaskis, Secretary of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue team, said: "The members of the Lochaber and Glencoe Mountain Rescue teams did an incredible job in very difficult conditions.

"We'd like to extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of those who lost their lives and we hope the surviving casualty makes a full and speedy recovery."