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Student dies in 500ft Ben Nevis fall

climber Image copyright Owain Bristow Image caption Mountain rescue staff praised the “exceptional flying” of helicopter teams in getting to the casualty and her colleagues in difficult conditions

A climber has died after falling from a mountain on New Year’s Day.

The student, who was studying at the University of Bristol, was clambering with three others on Ben Nevis when she plunged 500 ft( 152 metres ).

Mountain Rescue was called at about 10:30 to detect the group and eliminate them from the mountain.

It is the second recent death on Britain’s highest crest – Patrick Boothroyd, 21, from West Yorkshire, died in a fall on 16 December.

John Stevenson, from Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, said that in the latest incident, the woman and her friends had been clambering what is known as the “ledge route”.

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