LONDON β€”An avalanche killed four climbers in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday, police said.

The victims were in a group of six climbers β€” three men and three women β€” who were at Glencoe when a snow slope broke away.

Five were swept down the mountain in ice and snow, with four dying and one being saved and hospitalized in serious condition. The sixth climber managed to escape unharmed and call emergency services, police said.

John Grieve, who leads the Glencoe mountain rescue team, said the team found the dead climbers by pushing a metal stick into the snow.