The team attended the first two call outs for the team this year.

Callout 1 – Meall Garbh

In the 13th January, a winter walker was on the lower slopes of Meall Garbh in the Tarmachan group of hills near Killin when they suffered a lower leg injury. Their companions did the correct thing called 999 and asked for Mountain Rescue. Whilst this was in Tayside Mountain Rescue Team operational area, Killin MRT was asked to assist.

A group of Killin and Tayside MRT members went to the casualties location quickly, assessed, packaged, and stretchered the casualty to the rescue control. The individual was passed on to Scottish Ambulance Service for further care.

Callout 2 – Ben More

On the following day (Sunday 14th January), the team was deployed by Police Scotland Forth Valley to assist a hill goer on Ben More, Crianlarich. Following a severe fall on challenging ground, the individual sustained serious injuries. Some of the team members were airlifted by Maritime and Coastguard Agency Rescue199 to the casualties location to assist in the evacuation of the injured person to hospital by air. The ground was very challenging for both the team and Rescue 199 to operate in and required exceptional teamwork by both assets to ensure the best outcome for the injured person.

The team members subsequently assisted other members of the casualties party down the mountain to safety in very challenging conditions.

We thank Rescue 199 for exceptional flying abilities. And also to our team members for using exceptional skills to safeguard the casualty and hill party.

It’s important to highlight that going on the hill in winter requires all of us to think carefully about our own strengths and weaknesses. Mountaineering Scotland has some great information that will help you stay safe and #thinkwinter

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