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Tuesday, 27 February, 2001, 19:29 GMT
Anxious wait for missing climber
Helicopter
The search team enjoyed better weather conditions on Tuesday
Mountain rescuers have been stood down their search for a woman climber who has been missing for two nights.

Norah Elwell-Sutton, 30, disappeared close to Loch Lomond on Sunday evening.

The alarm was raised after the Glasgow actress failed to make a rendezvous on Sunday night.

Her family said they were anxiously waiting for news.

The search operation involved six teams of 81 personnel, including six dogs, had been concentrating on the area around Beinn Narnairn and Beinn Arthur in Arrochar, Argyll and Bute.

Norah Elwell-Sutton
Norah Elwell-Sutton was last seen on Sunday
The alarm was raised at around 1800GMT on Sunday when Ms Elwell-Sutton failed to return after leaving a companion at around 1400GMT.

Searches on Sunday night and Monday were hampered by driving snow and high winds.

The rescue teams said that conditions had improved on Tuesday and the search was being extended.

Ms Elwell-Sutton's brother Stephen said relatives were waiting to hear from Strathclyde Police.

He said: "We haven't heard anything yet and at the moment we are just waiting to see what happens.

Experienced climber

"My mother returned from holiday with some friends yesterday and she was met by another family member and police officers who broke the news to her.

"She stayed in Glasgow last night and is, of course, upset.

"Obviously we are all anxious and just waiting - we can't do anything but just wait."

He added: "Norah has been doing a lot of climbing in the last five or six years with Glasgow clubs."

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said: "A full-scale search has been continuing throughout the day.

"Obviously as time passes it gets more and more worrying."

Meanwhile, Northern Constabulary said a separate search for a couple reported missing in Fort William had been called off after they were traced elsewhere.

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