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Monday, 1 April, 2002, 14:53 GMT 15:53 UK
Climbers die in 900ft fall
Stob Coire nan Lochan
Stob Coire nan Lochan, where the accident happened
Two climbers who died after falling 900ft down a Scottish mountain have been named by police.

The man and woman, who are thought to have been roped together, were part of a party of five climbing Stob Coire nan Lochan in Glencoe.

Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team were called to the scene after the alarm was raised, but 39-year-old Yvonne Hutcheson Orr, from Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, had already died.

James Jedrzejewski, 52, from Anniesland, Glasgow, was airlifted to Belford hospital at Fort William, where he died later.

Other members of the party were helped off the mountain by the rescue team.

The man tried to grab the woman as she slipped and they both went over

Davy Gunn
Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team leader

Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team leader Davy Gunn said the accident happened when the climbers were descending from the 3,500ft summit, at about 1400GMT on Saturday.

They had travelled to a point known as the Pearly Gates.

"The man tried to grab the woman as she slipped and they both went over," Mr Gunn said.

"The whole thing was witnessed by an independent climber who raised the alarm on his mobile. It was a particularly nasty accident."

'Poor visibility'

Mr Gunn said the weather deteriorated very quickly, with snow, wind and mist making the conditions treacherous.

"The descent gets very narrow where the accident happened and the snow was really very hard and icy.

"In the poor visibility they strayed onto a part of the route that was much steeper and the fall occurred.

"We had a very fast response to the call-out and were on the scene in 25 minutes."

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