Avalanche woman 'still critical'

Christopher William Bell, 24, from Lancashire, was a student studying for a PHD in Ocean Mapping in Oban

Una Rachel Finnegan 25, from County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Dr Rachel Majumdar, 29, who has been named as the fourth victim who died in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands (Family Handout/PA)

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A young woman who was seriously hurt in an avalanche which killed four of her friends remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The 24-year-old, from the Durham area, is being cared for at Glasgow's Southern General Hospital, where she was flown after initially being treated at Belford hospital in Fort William.

She suffered severe head injuries in the avalanche, which struck at about 2pm on Saturday as the woman and five friends made their descent on Bidean Nam Bian in Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands.

Police said there was no change to her condition.

PhD students Christopher Bell, 24, and Tom Chesters, 28, and 25-year-old junior doctor Una Finnegan were swept 1,000ft to their deaths as they made their way down the mountain.

Another woman, Dr Rachel Majumdar, 29, who worked at Harrogate District Hospital, was also killed. Dr Majumdar was originally from Merseyside, and was most recently living in Leeds.

One man survived by leaping from the collapsing sheet of snow and hammering an ice axe into firmer ground.

Friends have said the group were experienced climbers who loved the mountains and were well-equipped for the trek.

Andy Nelson, deputy head of Glencoe mountain rescue team, said the avalanche would have unfolded in "a split second".

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