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Call Outs/Incidents 2012

The team was called to 33 incidents totalling 1987 man hours in 2012. This is substantially more hours than in recent years, mainly due to a 3-day search at the end of the year which accounted for over 800 man hours.

As is usual, a majority of the callouts occured from May to August, traditionally the busiest period of the year for the team. One callout in mid-May for a cragfast party of two on Pinnacle Ridge was notable for being in winter conditions.

The 27th-29th of December saw a large search in and around Coire Banachdich for a local mountain guide, with assistance from other teams. Unfortunately he was found deceased on the 29th.

Beinn na Caillich

1. Incident: Exhaustion
Location: Beinn na Caillich
Date: 6/2
No of Team Members Involved: 11
Total Team Hours: 44

The casualty became exhausted on the Beinn na Caillich horseshoe. She became exhausted on the final descent from Beinn na Caillich and called for assistance. The team attended and after giving her something to eat and drink, helped her walk off the hill.

2. Incident: Falls
Location: Bruach na Frithe
Date: 12/2
No of Team Members Involved: 13
Total Team Hours: 45.5

The casualties had been ascending an open snow gully when the female casualty slipped and fell back down the slope injuring her leg. Her male companion (father) also slipped and fell when making his way down to where she had come to rest. He also suffered a lower leg injury. Neither casualty had ice axe or crampons, despite the hill being in full winter conditions. The team was deployed and the casualty evacuated by coastguard helicopter.

3. Incident: Slip
Location: Lealt Falls
Date: 13/3
No of Team Members Involved: 3
Total Team Hours: 4.5

The casualty was visiting the Lealt Falls with friends when he slipped on damp grass to the side of the footpath and broke his ankle. The Ambulance service where called and they requested team assistance to evacuate the casualty the short distance to the road and the waiting ambulance.

Sgurr nan Gillean

4. Incident: Split party
Location: Sgurr nan Gillean
Date: 14/3
No of Team Members Involved: 8
Total Team Hours: 24

The party, a couple, were ascending the Tourist Route on Sgurr nan Gillean. When they reached the coll between Sgurr nan Gillean and Sgurr Beag the female decided not to go any further. The male decided to continue to the summit and then return to his partner's position before descending the rest of the hill together. The cloud base lowered and he missed her on the way down and called for assistance. The team were deployed on to the hill by coastguard helicopter and as they ascended the Tourist Route they met the couple coming down together. The team descended to Sligachan with the couple.

5. Incident: Overdue
Location: Sgurr Dubh Mor
Date: 21/4
No of Team Members Involved: 2
Total Team Hours: 18

The party called the team leader direct at 2200 on 21st April to advise that they would be staying out on the hill that night having taken much longer than expected to complete the Dubh Slabs route on Sgurr Dubh Mor. They agreed to contact the team leader on their safe return from the hill. They failed to do so but, contact was eventually made with them at 1800 on the 22nd when it was confirmed that they were safe and well.

6. Incident: Cragfast
Location: Bruach na Frithe
Date: 26/4
No of Team Members Involved: 12
Total Team Hours: 48

The casualty was descending the Northwest Ridge of Bruach na Frithe in misty conditions. He went off route down a snow gully. When he realised his error he found that he could not re-climb the gulley. He called for assistance by mobile phone and activated a Personal Locator Beacon. The location sent by the PLB was inaccurate, so an air search was carried out by the coastguard helicopter based on information the subject had relayed to team base on his location by mobile telephone. The casualty was located and assisted out of the gully.

Glamaig

7. Incident: Slip
Location: Glamaig
Date: 30/4
No of Team Members Involved: 14
Total Team Hours: 35

The casualty was descending Glamaig with a friend when he slipped a short distance aggravating a long-standing back condition. The casualty was in considerable pain and, unable to continue the descent, called for assistance. The team was deployed by helicopter which also evacuated the casualty to hospital.

8. Incident: Lost
Location: Glen Brittle Forest
Date: 3/5
No of Team Members Involved: 1
Total Team Hours: 1

The party had heard about the Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle from a friend and had decided to visit them, but headed incorrectly into the forestry plantation without map or compass. They called a parent to advise that they would be late home and the parent telephoned the police. The team leader, who lives nearby, had a drive around the forest road and quickly found them and gave them a lift back to their car.

9. Incident: Exhaustion
Location: Glen Sligachan
Date: 5/5
No of Team Members Involved: 2
Total Team Hours: 4

A mountain biker called for assistance by mobile phone after becoming exhausted during a ride around the Cuillin. He was advised to rest a while, eat the rest of his food and then make his way out on foot. He eventually made his way to Sligachan arriving at 2230 at which point the two team members on standby stood down.

10. Incident: Fall
Location: Sgurr na Bhairnich
Date: 6/5
No of Team Members Involved: 10
Total Team Hours: 40

The casualty fell approximately 4m down Grey Gully. He suffered a broken ankle and a suspected cervical spine injury. An RAF helicopter was on exercise in the Cuillin at the time of the incident and attended initially. Team members were deployed on the hill to package and evacuate the casualty.

Pinnacle Ridge

11. Incident: Cragfast
Location: Pinnacle Ridge
Date: 16/5
No of Team Members Involved: 10
Total Team Hours: 52.5

The party set out to climb Pinnacle Ridge in winter conditions. Due to their lack of experience of such conditions, they were making slow progress. Their difficulties were confounded when , as per the forecast, a weather front came in in the afternoon bringing low cloud and heavy snow fall. The subjects called for assistance by mobile phone. They were located relatively quickly and assisted off the hill and down into Coire Riabhach where they and the team were evacuated by helicopter back to Sligachan.

12. Incident: Overdue/exhaustion
Location: Blaven
Date: 26/5
No of Team Members Involved: 3
Total Team Hours: 18

The subject had ascended Blaven by the Southwest Ridge. On the descent he became fatigued and was suffering from blistering to his feet. He became separated from the rest of his party. When he did not return the alarm was raised. He was located in Camasunary bothy and driven out by landrover.

13. Incident: Fall
Location: T-D gap
Date: 27/5
No of Team Members Involved: 9
Total Team Hours: 36

The casualty fell in the T-D gap and broke his leg. Some team members were deployed by helicopter which also evacuated the casualty to hospital. The remaining team members stood by until the casualty was safely evacuated.

14. Incident: Overdue
Location: Sron na Ciche
Date: 30/5
No of Team Members Involved: 2
Total Team Hours: 2

The party of two climbers were reported overdue after failing to return to Glenbrittle camp site. As the team was gathering initial information about the party they turned up safe and well after an "epic".

Skye team members

15. Incident: Cragfast
Location: Bealach na Glaic Moire
Date: 17/6
No of Team Members Involved: 6
Total Team Hours: 27

A young couple with very little experience set off to cross the ridge from Glenbrittle to Coruisk. The female who had only had one previous hill day became cragfast on the Bealach and was too scared to descend either into Coruisk or back the way they had come. The team quickly located them in good spirits by their erected tent. They had far too much equipment and no water. The team assisted the party and carried most of their equipment off the hill.

16. Incident: Cragfast
Location: Sgurr na Banachdich
Date: 24/6
No of Team Members Involved: 4
Total Team Hours: 14

A party of two were cragfast on the summit, and were walked off by four team members.

17. Incident: Fall
Location: Ord, Sleat
Date: 29/6
No of Team Members Involved: 5
Total Team Hours: 25

A Geology student was injured in a fall whilst carrying out fieldwork around the Ord Window. Evacuated to the ambulance with scalp wounds.

Coastguard Helicopter

18. Incident: Fall
Location: Sgurr Dubh Mor
Date: 12/7
No of Team Members Involved: 11
Total Team Hours: 44

A 62 year old male sustained a 10m fall while descending from Sgurr Dubh Mor back towards Sgurr Dubh na Da Bheinn and Coire Ghrunnda. Head injuries were reported and the casualty was assisted by two other passing walkers. Three team members were transported to the scene by helicopter, which later evacuated the casualty to hospital.

19. Incident: Fall
Location: Quiraing
Date: 14/7
No of Team Members Involved: 8
Total Team Hours: 40

A French female fell at the Quiraing while walking. Evacuated to the ambulance by the team.

20. Incident: Lost
Location: Preshal More
Date: 15/7
No of Team Members Involved: 2
Total Team Hours: 4

A party of two were lost around Preshal More, a low hill near Talisker Bay. They were talked down by the team leader.

21. Incident: Fall
Location: Coire Ghrunnda
Date: 20/7
No of Team Members Involved: 12
Total Team Hours: 60

A male fell by the waterfall in Coire Ghrunnda. Team members were taken by helicopter to the location. Spinal injuries were suspected and the helicopter evacuated the casualty to hospital.

Central Cuillin

22. Incident: Lost/cragfast
Location: Sgurr a Mhadhaidh
Date: 27/7
No of Team Members Involved: 14
Total Team Hours: 112

A party of two males became separated on Sgurr a Mhadhaidh. The team deployed; one was found weatherbound, the other found cragfast.

23. Incident: Fall
Location: Bealach a'Mhaim
Date: 31/7
No of Team Members Involved: 2
Total Team Hours: 3

A female with a broken arm was walked off from the bealach by two team members.

24. Incident: Lost
Location: Old Man of Storr
Date: 6/8
No of Team Members Involved: 16
Total Team Hours: 40

Two males walking near the Old Man of Storr became lost in the mist. As the team were assembling at the Storr car park the mist lifted allowing the party to walk down by themselves.

25. Incident: Fall
Location: Coire Ghrunnda
Date: 11/8
No of Team Members Involved: 16
Total Team Hours: 80

A male suffered a fall, breaking his leg, in Coire Ghrunndha. Evacuated by helicopter.

Quiraing

26. Incident: Fall
Location: Quiraing
Date: 14/8
No of Team Members Involved: 12
Total Team Hours: 60

A female visiting Skye was walking around the Quiraing with friends who live locally, when she slipped and fell down a grassy slope, with her fall being stopped by a large boulder. Located and treated by the team, and then stretchered out to the ambulance.

27. Incident: Lost/cragfast
Location: Beinn na Caillich, Broadford.
Date: 26/8
No of Team Members Involved: 1
Total Team Hours: 3

A party of two were 'cragfast' on Beinn na Caillich near Broadford. They were talked down by the team leader.

28. Incident: Missing person
Location: Braes
Date: 22/9
No of Team Members Involved: 6
Total Team Hours: 18

A resident of Braes was reported missing from home and the local area was searched by the team and coastguard helicopter.

29. Incident: Cragfast/weatherbound
Location: Sgurr nan Gillean
Date: 26/9
No of Team Members Involved: 14
Total Team Hours: 105

A party of two became cragfast/weatherbound as night fell on Sgurr nan Gillean. The team was deployed in groups via different routes up the mountain. The party was located near the summit by team members who had ascended via the West Ridge, and walked down by that route.

30. Incident: Injury
Location: Camasunary
Date: 9/10
No of Team Members Involved: 3
Total Team Hours: 22.5

A male at Camasunary suffered a ruptured calf muscle.

Team members winching to Coastguard Rescue Helicopter

31. Incident: Suicide
Location: Harlosh
Date: 6/11
No of Team Members Involved: 11
Total Team Hours: 77

A local resident was reported missing from home in a distressed state having been recently diagnosed with cancer. A search was carried out by the team and coastguard helicopter. Casualty found deceased.

32. Incident: False alarm
Location: Quiraing
Date: 18/12
No of Team Members Involved: 12
Total Team Hours: 24

Flashing lights were reported at the Quiraing to the local police. The police requested the team attend, but as team members assembled it was found that the lights were from a photographer out to capture the sunrise.

33. Incident: Fall
Location: Coire Banachdich
Date: 27/12-29/12
No of Team Members Involved: up to 19 per day
Total Team Hours: 835

A mountain guide fell in Coire Banachdich in winter conditions. The client managed to descend and raise the alarm, and the team was deployed in Coire Banachdich, but there was difficulty in ascertaining the location within the corrie. The team, deployed by RAF helicopter and assisted by Kintail MRT, searched through the night and continued searching for two further days assisted by the RAF mountain rescue teams. Unfortunately the casualty was found deceased on the third day of the search.

Call outs in previous years

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