Desperate search for top climber, 41, swept away by avalanche in Scottish ...

Police are growing 'increasingly concerned' for a climber caught up in an avalanche in the Scottish mountains after the search ended with him still missing.  

Andrew Vine, 41, was last seen on the West Face of Aonach Mor, in the Scottish Highlands, at around 1pm on Friday.  

John Stevenson, leader of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team said Mr Vine and his climbing partner had finished a climb when it appears they were hit by an avalanche.   

Andrew Vine, 41, was last seen on the the West Face of Aonach Mor, Scotland, at around 1pm on February 28. The man, of Manchester, is thought to have finished a climb with his partner before being hit by an avalanche

Andrew Vine, 41, was last seen on the the West Face of Aonach Mor, Scotland, at around 1pm on February 28. The man, of Manchester, is thought to have finished a climb with his partner before being hit by an avalanche

Mr Stevenson added: 'She must have gone several hundred meters - we don't know how far he went. She may have been partially buried - we don't know. Either way she is very lucky.'    

'We will have to assess things to see when we can resume the search. We need the weather to settle down.' 

Mr Vine's wife is in the area and being kept informed while the other climber was airlifted to the Belford Hospital in Fort William. Her condition is unknown.   

Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team joined the Search and Rescue Dog Association and other rescue teams - for a six-hour hunt on Friday (pictured, file image of a Lochaber mountain)

Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team joined the Search and Rescue Dog Association and other rescue teams - for a six-hour hunt on Friday (pictured, file image of a Lochaber mountain)

He had previous experience of expedition mountaineering in many parts of the world including the Indian Himalaya and Alps. 

Mr Vine, who was in Scotland with a Manchester-based climbing club, is described as white, 5ft 11ins, medium build with ginger/brown hair and beard. 

He was last spotted wearing a red jacket, yellow 'La Sportiva' boot, black trousers and carrying a yellow rucksack.

Lochaber MRT resumed the search today for Mr Vine after being helped by Cairngorm and Glencoe MRTs on Saturday using probes to try and find the man who is thought may be buried under snow

Lochaber MRT resumed the search today for Mr Vine after being helped by Cairngorm and Glencoe MRTs on Saturday using probes to try and find the man who is thought may be buried under snow

Fort William Police are growing 'increasingly concerned' and would like to speak to anyone who has seen him since February 28.  

Brian Bathurst, deputy team leader of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, said the search for Mr Vine was 'very difficult' because of the snow conditions.

Brian Bathurst, deputy team leader of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, said the search for Mr Vine was 'very difficult' because of the weather conditions. It comes when there have been three deaths on Scotland's mountains in the last few weeks, and four walkers resuced without equipment (pictured)

Brian Bathurst, deputy team leader of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, said the search for Mr Vine was 'very difficult' because of the weather conditions. It comes when there have been three deaths on Scotland's mountains in the last few weeks, and four walkers resuced without equipment (pictured)

Mr Bathurst and 11 other members of Glencoe

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