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Cornish Teenager Killed in Avalanche
2:14pm 20th February 2013
(Updated 2:14pm 20th February 2013)
Police have confirmed that a Cornish teenager was among three people killed in an avalanche in Scotland.
18 year old William Currie from the Penzance area was climbing in the Cairngorms when it happened last week.
Truro College, where William studied, have released a statement paying tribute to William.
Cheryl Mewton, Director of Studies for Truro and Penwith College, said:
“We are deeply saddened by this terrible news. Will was a thoughtful, hardworking and popular student and part of our golf academy. He was planning to go into the services; he will be sadly missed.”
Two other victims from the RAF were buried in twelve feet of snow.
Rescuers dug them out and they were airlifted to hospital, but doctors could not save them.
They were members of two separate climbing groups that were making their way up a snowy gorge on Thursday.
Inspector Murdoch Macleod said: "It would appear there were two groups of six in the area. We can confirm the remaining members of each group were walked off the hill safe and well and are currently assisting police with our enquiries to establish the circumstances."
The Northern Constabulary has released the following statement:
Police can now confirm the details of the third person who sadly died following an avalanche in the Cairngorms last Thursday as William Currie, 18, from Penzance.
There is no photograph or family statement at this time.
A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
An MoD spokesman said: "The MoD can confirm that two RAF personnel were killed following an avalanche in the Cairngorms.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who have lost their lives. Next of kin have been informed.
"We would ask the media to respect the privacy of the families concerned at this difficult time."
The avalanche struck as two groups of six climbers made their way up opposite sides of a gorge.
One group was part of an organised winter skills training course, while the second was off-duty RAF personnel.
It is the third serious avalanche in Scotland this year.
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