Cairngorm Fatality Named

by Dan Bailey - Feb/2013
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The name of a walker found dead in Coire an t-Sneachda yesterday has been released, following a major search for a lost group.

Coire an t-Sneachda on a good day - conditions on Sunday were horrendous , 115 kbCoire an t-Sneachda on a good day - conditions on Sunday were horrendous
© Dan Bailey

Graham Connell, 31, from Castleford in West Yorkshire, was found in the Jacob's Ladder area on Monday, shortly after five of his companions from the Leeds University Hiking Club were rescued by helicopter several miles from the coire, following a search.

The hunt for the group, which involved over 100 rescuers and an RAF helicopter, was initiated on Sunday after one of the party reportedly suffered a minor fall and became separated from the rest in what have been described as very difficult hill conditions. The lost member was picked up by the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, and on Sunday evening the rest of the group were reported overdue.

The remaining five were found unhurt near Carn Tarsuinn at about mid day on Monday. The fact that they were picked up several miles away from the site of Mr.Connell's accident suggests the party may have become seriously disorientated - though the precise circumstances have yet to be reported.

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