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Skye Mountain Rescue team in action

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The Skye Mountain Rescue team has two main bases located at Sligachan and Glenbrittle. These act as base stations and incident control centres during rescues. As well as the main mountain rescue bases. The members of the Skye Mountain Rescue Team are local men and women from all over the island who give up their time to assist others in a time of emergency. Team members receive regular training in skills such as first aid, navigation, rope-work, working with helicopters, and winter mountaineering. Within the team they have a variety of skills including a search and rescue dog handler, a team doctor, rope access specialists and several mountain leaders and guides.

 

Photo of the new Stornoway Coastguard resque helicopter on the Isle of Skye - Scotland. The helicopter arrived with two climbers where one man damaging his ankle ligaments. descending the footpath of the Cuillin mountains. His partner returned to Sligachan to raise the alarm.

 

Mountains and hills can be dangerous places and should always be taken seriously.

You must know your limitations. You must be prepared to turn back in mist! Carry plenty of food and drink. Appropriate clothing and footwear are essential. Carry a good map and be familiar with the use of it. When someone is in trouble on the hills in our area, the police are called and if it requires a mountain rescue callout, they are alerted by telephone to meet at a specific point. The team is fortunate to have two purpose built huts. Ten of the eleven casualties were either evacuated from the hill by the Team, the Stornaway Coastguard helicopter or a combination of the two.

 

More info: www.skyemrt.org/

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Taken on May 6, 2009