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Bristol University student dies following a fall from Ben Nevis on New Year’s Day

The 22-year-old student suffered a 500 ft fall on a New Year’s Day climb

A Bristol University student has died after suffering a 500 ft fall whilst climbing Ben Nevis on New Year's Day.

The 22-year-old woman was with three other climbers on a university climbing trip when the fatality took place.

Posting on Facebook, leader of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, John Stevenson said: "Today the Team had to recover young climber who unfortunately lost her life following an accident on Carn Dearg on Ben Nevis."

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He continued: "We pass on our sincere condolences to her family and friends. A very sad start to 2019."

This marks the second student death on the mountain within a month, following the death of Cardiff student Patrick Boothroyd in December last year.

A University of Bristol spokesperson said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm that on 1 January 2019 one of our students died in an accident whilst on a hiking trip to Ben Nevis in Scotland.

"The student was part of a larger group of students who had organised this new year trip to the highlands.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this student. This tragic accident will be deeply felt across our University community, and we will make sure we have support available to all those affected.”