Search for Missing Bradford Climbers Resumes

24 February 2016, 12:20

Mountain rescue teams are returning to Ben Nevis in the search for two climbers from West Yorkshire who have been missing for more than a week.

Rachel Slater, 24, and 27-year-old Tim Newton, from Bradford, failed to return from an outing on Britain's highest mountain last weekend.

Search efforts have been hampered by hazardous weather and avalanche risks.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team earlier said it hoped to have search parties out on the peak "most days'' this week as the weather picture looked like it would improve slightly.

A post on the team's Facebook page on Wednesday morning said: "Lochaber and RAF Valley Teams heading out to Ben Nevis again today.

"We would appeal to climbers to post information of the routes they have completed so that we can record.

"If you can also report any gear on routes such as the sightings like the rope seen yesterday on Slab Climb. Keep your eyes open as there maybe small clues which could be important.''

Mr Newton was a member of Hinckley Mountaineering Club in Leicestershire before moving away to university.

Ms Slater is a graduate of Manchester University and is employed as an environmental consultant near Bradford. She spent some time living and climbing in Canada, where her parents are still based.

Their families have praised the overwhelming response from members of the public and the climbing community.

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