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Call Outs/Incidents 2007

Practising stretcher work with the RAF

The Team dealt with a total of 30 incidents in 2007 racking up a total of 1,115 voluntary hours.

The most common type of incident was dealing with overdue parties. Of the ten incidents where parties were reported overdue only 4 resulted in a full Team search to locate the party, thankfully, this year, all of these searches successfully located uninjured people. The remaining overdue parties, either turned up safe and well, shortly after the alarm was raised, or, were not overdue at all! In fact one party, who were reported overdue on the coast route between Loch Coruisk and Glenbrittle turned up, having just come over Beallach Bannachdich, shortly before what would have been a pointless search of the coast route was instigated! Please let a competent person know where you're going, when you expect to get back and make sure they know what to do if you don't return by the allotted time.

We dealt with seven incidents where individuals/parties became cragfast or lost often in misty conditions. Often the individuals/parties have no previous experience of the Cuillin but still go up in misty conditions. One such party, a young couple, were on the summit of Sgurr Sgumain when the mist came in. Unable to locate the route off they shouted for help and luckily for them their shouts were heard by a senior member of the Team who was leading a guided party on nearby Sgurr Alasdair. Due to the nature of the terrain and the unreliability of compass bearings the Cuillin is a difficult place to navigate so if you've never been on the Cuillin Ridge before, save your first time for a good day. If you have some previous experience and you do decide to go in poor conditions stick to routes that you're already familiar with.

There were eleven incidents that resulted in injuries to climbers/walkers. Of these, five were scrambling falls, two were rock climbing falls and the other four were slips and trips on lower level paths. Ten of the eleven casualties were either evacuated from the hill by the Team, the Stornaway Coastguard helicopter or a combination of the two. The eleventh casualty, a German male, made his own way off the hill from lower Coire Lagan with a couple of broken ribs. Despite him being in a lot of pain we had a job persuading him that he needed to go to hospital! One of the most seriously injured casualties we had to attend to was a guy who had fallen approximately 15m while attempting to solo King's Chimney on Sgurr MhicCoinnich whilst wearing a very large and heavy rucksack. The Team feels that the difficulty of climbing with such a rucksack may have been a factor in why he fell. Perhaps the fall could have been avoided if a length of cord to haul the rucksack up after him had been used?

We also dealt with 2 missing persons incidents both of which sadly involved fatalities.

A full list of all the incidents and call outs for 2007 are listed below; Sgurr Alasdair through the mist

1.Incident: Missing Person
Location: from Uig Caravan Park
Date: 5 February 2007 Time: 1300
No of Team Members Involved: 1 Total Team Hours: 7

A German male staying at Uig Caravan Park was reported missing. He had not been seen at the Caravan Park for a number of days. He was known to go hill walking in the area and the police asked the Team Leader for assistance with their inquiries. That evening he was traced to an empty house in Staffin, where had decided to squat.

2.Incident: Badly twisted ankle
Location: Coire Lagan, Glenbrittle
Date: 7 March 2007 Time: 1540
No of Team Members Involved: 2 Total Team Hours: 6

A 24 year old male from Glasgow stumbled and went over his ankle, damaging his ankle ligaments, while descending the footpath from Coire Lagan. His partner returned to Glenbrittle to raise the alarm. Helicopter assistance was requested and Mike Uniform evacuated the casualty from the hill at 1740. He and his partner were taken to Broadford Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

3.Incident: Party of 7 overdue
Location: Coire a' Ghrunnda, Glenbrittle
Date: 27 March 2007 Time: 1800
No of Team Members Involved: 2 Total Team Hours: 6

A party of 7 people had set off from Glenbrittle for a day in the hills around Coire a ’ Ghrunnda. They underestimated the time it would take to complete the route and were reported overdue when they did not return by the planned time. The party walked off the hill unaided before a full team callout was initiated.

4.Incident: Party of 2 overdue
Location: Blaven, Strathaird
Date: 4 April 2007 Time: 1900
No of Team Members Involved: 2 Total Team Hours: 6

Party of 2 had underestimated the time it would take them to climb Blaven and were reported overdue when they failed to return by the planned time. The Mountain Rescue Team was alerted. Again the party made their own way of the hill before a full team call out was initiated.

Tyrolean Traverse training

5.Incident: Male cragfast
Location: Quirang, Staffin
Date: 6 April 2007 Time: 1246
No of Team Members Involved: 11
Total Team Hours: 22

A 49 year old German man contacted the police by mobile phone to advise that he had become cragfast, whilst attempting to make his way to The Table in the Quirang. The team was called out to locate the subject and assist him to safety. As the team made their way to the incident the subject managed to drop his mobile phone during a further call to the police. Not knowing whether the subject had also fallen, the police requested helicopter assistance and Mike Uniform was dispatched. The subject was located by Mike Uniform, on relatively easy ground, and was airlifted to the team's location at the roadside.

6.Incident: Male overdue
Location: Sgurr na Stri, Cuillins
Date: 21 April 2007 Time: 1830
No of Team Members Involved: 18 Total Team Hours: 117.5

A 39 year old male had set out from Sligachan the day before for a one night wild camping trip to Loch Coruisk but, failed to return by the following evening as planned. The alarm was raised and the next morning 18 team members accompanied by our resident SARDA member carried out a search of the Glen Sligachan, Druim Hain and Coruisk areas. Mike Uniform also attended and carried out an air search as well as transporting the team to their search areas. The subject was located successfully at about 1200 and was escorted back to Sligachan.

Training in casualty management

7.Incident: Male climbing fall
Location: Ampitheatre Arrete, Sron na Ciche
Date: 28 April 2007 Time: 1400
No of Team Members Involved: 6 Total Team Hours: 24

The casualty fell while rock climbing, breaking both bones in his lower leg. The alarm was raised and as the weather was favourable and Mike Uniform was available a limited team call out was instigated. The team was deployed on the hill by Mike Uniform where they treated the casualty and prepared him for airlift to Broadford Hospital. Once the casualty had been evacuated it became apparent that a member of a guided party of climbers, who had come to the casualty's aid, had gone missing. She was located after a short search and rejoined her guide. The team then returned to their base at Glenbrittle.

8.Incident: Sprained ankle
Location: Camusunary to Kilmarie track
Date: 4 May 2007 Time: 1630
No of Team Members Involved: 2 Total Team Hours: 4

A 53 year old woman from Wales slipped and badly sprained her ankle while walking on the rough landrover track between Camusunary and Kilmarie. The team was alerted and a helicopter evacuation was requested. Mike Uniform evacuated the casualty to Broadford Hospital.

9.Incident: Party of 3 cragfast
Location: Pinnacle Ridge, Sgur nan Gillean
Date: 5 May 2007 Time: 1750
No of Team Members Involved: 16 Total Team Hours: 144

The party became cragfast, in deteriorating weather, between Knight's Peak and Sgur nan Gillean. They contacted the police by mobile phone and the team was called out. The team made their way up the hill to the party's location making contact with them at 2155. The party was assisted up onto Sgur nan Gillean and escorted off the hill via an abseil of Sgur nan Gillean's West Ridge and out through Corrie a' Bhastier. Party and team were all of the hill by 0300.

Stretcher lower training at the Kilt Rock

10.Incident: Party of 2 cragfast
Location: Cioch West, Sron na Ciche
Date: 6 May 2007 Time: 0730
No of Team Members Involved: 18 Total Team Hours: 225

On the evening of 5 May, two male climbers became cragfast while attempting the Cioch West climb on Sron na Ciche. In deteriorating weather they had gone off route and had decided to retreat by multiple abseils. They became cragfast when their rope jammed and they could not retrieve it. They bivvied out on the face and the alarm was raised. The team headed out at 0730 on 6 May to assist the party. The team reached the bottom of the face, located the party and set about running out fixed ropes to their position to allow a recovery. Later in the day the weather improved and Mike Uniform was able to attend, winching the party off the hill at 1600. The team then recovered their equipment and walked off the hill.

11.Incident: Party of 2 overdue
Location: Between Coruisk and Glenbrittle
Date: 9 May 2007 Time: 2000
No of Team Members Involved: 1 Total Team Hours: 2

The party had taken the boat into Coruisk and intended to walk back to Glenbrittle campsite. Friends at the campsite reported them overdue when they did not return by the planned time. There was some confusion over their intended route but, they arrived safe and well before the team was called out and a search initiated.

12.Incident: Fall
Location: Sgurr a' Mhadaidh
Date: 14 May 2007 Time: 1800
No of Team Members Involved: 5 Total Team Hours: 10

The casualty fell while descending from the first (North) top of Sgurr a' Mhadaidh to the Bealach Glaic Moire, suffering a broken ankle. The police were contacted by mobile phone and the team and Mike Uniform were called out. The casualty's location was just below cloud level and he was winched of the hill by Mike Uniform and taken to Broadford Hospital while 5 team members stood by at the Glenbrittle base.

Coastguard Helicopter

13.Incident: Party of 2 lost
Location: Blaven, Strathaird
Date: 21 May 2007 Time: 1600
No of Team Members Involved: 3 Total Team Hours: 9

An Austrian party got disorientated in misty conditions and contacted the police by mobile phone. 3 team members attended and gave directions for a descent via the South Ridge. While descending one of the party slipped on wet rock tearing ligaments in his knee. He was assisted down the ridge to the Camusunary to Kilmarie track by his companion, where they were met by the team landrover and evacuated to Broadford Hospital.

14.Incident: Fall
Location: Am Bastier
Date: 27 May 2007 Time: 1340
No of Team Members Involved: 10 Total Team Hours: 20

A 40 year old from the Lake District lost his footing and fell a short distance while negotiating the 'Bad Step' on the ridge of Am Bastier. He suffered a compound fracture of his lower leg. The alarm was raised by mobile phone and the team and Mike Uniform were called out. Mike Uniform evacuated the casualty to Broadford Hospital as the team stood by at the Sligachan base.

15.Incident: Party of 5 overdue
Location: Dubh Slabs, Sgurr Dubh Mor
Date: 31 May 2007 Time: 1900
No of Team Members Involved: 2 Total Team Hours: 8

A family party had taken the boat into Coruisk to return to Glenbrittle via the Dubh Slabs. They underestimated the seriousness of the route and the time it would take. They were reported overdue when they failed to return by the planned time. They eventually walked off the hill unaided.

16.Incident: Fall
Location: An Stac
Date: 4 June 2007 Time: 1120
No of Team Members Involved: 2 Total Team Hours: 4

A 40 year old Irishman went off route while on the lower part of the scramble up An Stac from Bealach Coire Lagan. While trying to get back on the correct line he lost his footing and fell approximately 15m ending up on the An Stac Screes. He and his companion shouted for help. The Team Leader and another team member who were in the area went to the casualty's aid. The casualty was evacuated by Mike Uniform to Broadford Hospital.

Stretcher lower training at the Kilt Rock

17.Incident: Fall
Location: King's Chimney, Sgurr MhicCoinich
Date: 10 June 2007 Time: 1200
No of Team Members Involved: 12 Total Team Hours: 48

A 51 year old male was attempting to solo King's Chimney when he fell approx 15m ending up on the ramp leading up to King's Chimney from above the top of Bomb Alley. He was seriously injured in the fall suffering a broken femur, broken arm, broken ribs and some less serious lacerations. A party of climbers in the area witnessed the fall and went to his assistance. They set up a belay to prevent him from falling any further and raised the alarm. The Team Leader and another team member were in the vicinity and went to the scene. A full team call out and helicopter was requested. Mike Uniform arrived and deployed 10 team members, the casualty was stabilised and "packaged" prior to being winched off the hill by Mike Uniform. He was taken to Broadford Hospital then on to Raigmore.

18.Incident: Trip/Fall
Location: Footpath near Loch An Fhir-bhallaich
Date: 19 June 2007 Time: 1035
No of Team Members Involved: 5 Total Team Hours: 10

A 72 year old female tripped and fell, breaking her left ankle, while walking on the footpath between the Memorial Hut and Coire Lagan near Loch An Fhir-bhallaich. Other members of her party returned to Glenbrittle to raise the alarm. As Mike Uniform was already in the area a limited team call out of 5 members attended and the casualty was evacuated by Mike Uniform to Broadford Hospital.

19.Incident: Lost & Cragfast
Location: Pinnacle Ridge, Sgurr nan Gillean
Date: 23 June 2007 Time: 1320
No of Team Members Involved: 14 Total Team Hours: 98

A 39 year old male got disorientated in misty conditions when attempting to climb Am Bastier from Sligachan. He contacted police by mobile phone to advise that he was lost and cragfast on steep ground. The Team Leader spoke to the subject to identify his likely location and a search of Coirre a' Bhastier and Pinnacle Ridge located the subject on Pinnacle Ridge. He was escorted safely off the hill.

20.Incident: Person Overdue/False Alarm
Location: Sligachan
Date: 30 June 2007 Time: 1900
No of Team Members Involved: 1 Total Team Hours: 10

A man was reported missing from Sligachan having failed to return to his car. The Team Leader's investigations eventually established that the individual was wild camping on the hills and the incident was a false alarm.

Sgurr Dearg and the Inn. Pinn. across Coireachan Ruadha.

21.Incident: Missing Person/False Alarm
Location: Cnoc Fall, Ardvasar
Date: 15 July 2007 Time: 1500
No of Team Members Involved: 13 Total Team Hours: 45.5

A 25 year old Czech girl was reported missing by her male travelling companion. They had been camping together at Cnoc Fall and had had an argument. He reported her missing when she had not returned to camp the following day. The team, Mike Uniform, the local Coastguard and a police dog handler began a search of the area. The missing girl, who had decided to bivvy out for a few nights, saw the commotion and came over to see what the fuss was about.

22.Incident: Person Overdue
Location: Coral Beaches, Dunvegan
Date: 20 July 2007 Time: 2000
No of Team Members Involved: 1 Total Team Hours: 1

A man was reported overdue after going for a walk to the Coral Beaches beauty spot near Dunvegan. He turned up safe and well shortly after the alarm was raised.

23.Incident: Missing Person
Location: Balmacara, Lochalsh
Date: 22 July 2007 Time: 1500
No of Team Members Involved: 17 Total Team Hours: 76.5

A terminally ill male was reported missing from Balmacara in Lochalsh. It was reported that he may have been planning to walk in the Glamaig area. A team member assisted our resident SARDA member to carry out a search of Glamaig. No trace was found. The following day the team assisted Kintail MRT and local Coastguard personnel to carry out a search of the Balmacara area. The subject's body was later recovered from the shoreline.

24.Incident: Fall
Location: Sligachan Buttress, Sgurr nan Gillean
Date: 29 July 2007 Time: 1430
No of Team Members Involved: 15 Total Team Hours: 60

A 21 year old male fell while leading the third pitch of Sligachan Buttress, breaking both bones in his right lower leg. He was lowered to the bottom of the climb by his climbing partner who then raised the alarm. The team and Mike Uniform attended. Team members assisted Mike Uniform to carry out an air search and the casualty was located and evacuated to Broadford Hospital.

Stretcher lower training at the Kilt Rock

25.Incident: Lost
Location: Beinn Dearg Mhor, Broadford
Date: 29 August 2007 Time: 1720
No of Team Members Involved: 12 Total Team Hours: 30

A party of 4 walkers had set off in fine weather from Old Corry to do the Beinn na Caillich horseshoe. The mist came down and as they had no map or compass they became lost. They contacted the police by mobile phone to raise the alarm. The team was called out and assembled at Broadford Police Station. The Team Leader spoke to the party and gave them directions to descend to Torrin where they were met by a police car and taken back to Old Corry.

26.Incident: Fall
Location: An Stac, Coire Lagan
Date: 30 August 2007 Time: 1815
No of Team Members Involved: 15 Total Team Hours: 90

A 31 year old Irish male was descending from An Stac when he lost his footing and fell a short distance onto the An Stac Screes. He eventually came to a halt after approximately 10m. He broke his ankle, bruised his lower back and suffered various minor cuts to his face and hands. His companion made him comfortable and descended to Glenbrittle to raise the alarm. The team headed out to the casualty's location only to find him making his way down the Coire Lagan footpath. He had decided to move as he was getting very cold. He was stabilised and taken off the hill by stretcher. He was then taken to Broadford Hospital by waiting ambulance.

27.Incident: Fall
Location: Lower Coire Lagan
Date: 2 September 2007 Time: 1600
No of Team Members Involved: 4 Total Team Hours: 8

A German male slipped and fell while descending the footpath from Corrie Laggan. He suffered some broken ribs. A passer by raised the alarm at the Glenbrittle Campsite Shop and the Team Leader was advised by radio. The casualty made his own way off the hill where he was met by team members who were in the area and was given a lift to Broadford Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

Training with the Coastguard in Glenbrittle

28.Incident: Cragfast
Location: Sgurr Sgumain Summit
Date: 6 September 2007 Time: 1515
No of Team Members Involved: 1
Total Team Hours: 2.5

A young couple had climbed to the top of Sgurr Sgumain but, in mist could not find a way off. They shouted and whistled for assistance. Their calls for help were heard by a team member who was guiding a party on Sgurr Alasdair. The team member first escorted his party to the start of their descent route at the top of the Great Stone Shoot before returning over Sgurr Alasdair to the Summit of Sgurr Sgumain. He led the cragfast couple off the hill via the Sgumain Stone Shoot.

29.Incident: Party Overdue
Location: Coruisk/Camusunary
Date: 30 October 2007 Time: 1130
No of Team Members Involved: 3 Total Team Hours: 13.5

A member of the public reported that a car had been sitting at Kilmarie for a number of days which, was not common this late in the season. 3 team members attended and walked over to check the Camusunary Bothy and the JMC Hut at Coruisk. After reaching Camusunary they spotted a party of 4 making their way down the Glen Sligachan path. They made contact and established that this was the overdue party. They had been staying at the Coruisk Hut and had stayed an extra night as heavy rainfall the previous day had prevented them from crossing the Scavaig River.

30.Incident: Local Incident
Location: Flashadder, Edinbane
Date: 18 December 2007 Time: 1500
No of Team Members Involved: 4 Total Team Hours: 8

4 Team members assist police and undertakers to recover the body of a suicide victim from the shore at Flashadder.

Total Voluntary Hours (Not including travelling time) 1,115.5 Hours

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The new Stornoway Coastguard helicopter

The new Stornoway Coastguard helicopter.