A man injured in an avalanche in the Cairngorms which killed another man and a woman has died, police said today.
The trio were airlifted from the Chalamain Gap area to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary shortly after 12.30pm yesterday.
Northern Constabulary said the man’s family was being informed.
Police, Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, search and rescue dogs, RAF Lossiemouth’s rescue team and a helicopter were involved in the operation.
David Rutledge, the training officer for Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, said: “We started mobilising within 15 minutes of the call coming through.
“We had a helicopter here incredibly quickly. We had three doctors available straight away who were able to get to the scene.
“We were able to deal with an incident which was relatively close to the roadside, within 2km of the ski road and in a very contained area.
“From that perspective, no search was necessary. The key aspect to this was to get people there as quickly as possible.”
Mr Rutledge said two parties of six were involved in the incident.
Those not taken to hospital were walked off the hill.
The First Minister expressed his sadness at the latest fatal incident in the Highlands.
Alex Salmond said: “My thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of those who have sadly been killed in this tragic accident. I’d also like to thank all those involved in the rescue effort.
“This is another stark and tragic reminder of the dangers on our mountains. They are one of the most beautiful places on Earth but they can also be inherently dangerous with treacherous and changeable conditions.”
It is the third serious avalanche in Scotland this year. Doctor Rachel Majumdar, 29; PhD student Tom Chesters, 28; Christopher Bell, 24, also a PhD student; and 25-year-old junior doctor Una Finnegan died after they were caught up in an avalanche in Glencoe on January 19.
Two weeks ago three men survived being swept 150 metres by snow in the Coire an t-Sneachda area of the Cairngorms.