Climber killed on Ben Nevis

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The Independent Online

A climber has died and another was seriously injured after falling while attempting to scale Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

The pair were near the summit of the Scottish mountain when they fell from what was described as a "considerable height".

Police said they received a call at around 11am yesterday. Mountain-rescue teams were scrambled and the surviving climber was taken to Belford Hospital in Fort William with serious injuries.

The climber's next of kin had not been notified last night. Ben Nevis stands at 1,344m and attracts around 125,000 ascents each year.