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Call Outs/Incidents 2014

2014 saw the team called to 35 incidents which covered 1736 man-hours altogether. There appears to be an increasing number of callouts to relatively low level locations such as the Fairy Pools and the path to the Old Man of Storr which are increasingly popular tourist destinations. It is important that visitors to the island remember that even short low-level walks require them to be properly equipped, clothed and adequately shod for the terrain encountered; even low level paths can be quite rough and sometimes have significant drops to the side.

1. Incident: Overdue person; fatality.
Location: Tungadale Forest
Date: 14/1
No of Team Members Involved: 6
Total team hours: 18.0

Skye MRT were called to help search for an 80 year old male, reporting missing in Tungadale forest. Whilst we were on route a body was found by police in the vicinity of the chalet where he'd been staying. Six MRT were then on hand to recover the body and transport it the 4 miles back to the main road.

2. Incident: Search, deferred.
Location: Trotternish Ridge, near Biodha Buidhe.
Date: 14/3
No of Team Members Involved: 3
Total team hours: 9.0

A local resident had reported lights on the Trotternish Ridge, on or near Biodha Buidhe. Police and three MRT met on the Quiraing road, and did not observe any lights. Due to weather conditions, search deferred till the morning.

3. Incident: Search
Location: Biodha Buidhe
Date: 15/3
No of Team Members Involved: 1
Total team hours: 5.0

Continuation of search. One local MRT member, checked the area of Biodha Buidhe, starting at 0700 from the top Quiraing car park. At 0745 he found two tents and two men in a small gully. They were well equipped, with plenty of food but perhaps with too little water, had had little sleep (their tents were blown down twice in the night) and were cold and damp. Their intention was to continue to the Storr but due to the very poor weather conditions they were persuaded to abort and were walked off.

4. Incident: Search
Location: Struan area
Date: 1/4
No of Team Members Involved: 16
Total team hours: 64.0

Missing person 3 miles from Struan on Portree road. Found well.

5. Incident: Missing person
Location: Talisker
Date: 4/4
No of Team Members Involved: 2
Total team hours: 6.0

Missing person; car checked on behalf of the local police. No hill search required.

6. Incident: Fall
Location: Forcan Ridge, Kintail.
Date: 15/4
No of Team Members Involved: 14
Total team hours: 42.0

Assist to Kintail MRT in the evacuation of a fallen scrambler on the Forcan Ridge. Skye team stood down whilst assembling as the incident drew to a close; the scrambler was rescued by Kintail MRT and evacuated by coastguard helicopter.

7. Incident: Fall inside bothy
Location: Camusunary bothy
Date: 29/4
No of Team Members Involved: 2
Total team hours: 12.0

Suspected pelvic injury. Casualty fell off a ladder in the bothy when going through the trap door, landing across the ladder and stone floor of the bothy.

8. Incident: Stroke
Location: Dubhs Ridge
Date: 3/5
No of Team Members Involved: 8
Total team hours: 8.0

A party of 10 coming up from Coruisk to do the Dubhs. One member suffered a suspected stroke. The RAF helicopter was training in the area and evacuated the casualty.

9. Incident: Illness
Location: Bealach nan Coisichean
Date: 4/5
No of Team Members Involved: 18
Total team hours: 108.0

A party of two on the Trotternish Ridge. One became sick. Found and reported by another party of four. Evacuated by the team by stretcher to the road.

10. Incident: Lost walkers; talked down
Location: Blaven
Date: 16/5
No of Team Members Involved: 1
Total team hours: 6.0

Talk down of a couple trying to follow a guidebook off the south top of Blaven. They were told to retrace their upward route.

11. Incident: Overdue walkers
Location: Glenbrittle
Date: 17/5
No of Team Members Involved: 3
Total team hours: 9.0

A local mountain guide reported concern for two walkers who had not returned. Locus given as Glenbrittle to Coruisk. The missing persons arrived back at SYHA at 9pm.

12. Incident: Trapped leg
Location: Sgurr Dearg
Date: 19/5
No of Team Members Involved: 21
Total team hours: 189.0

The casualty's leg was trapped and broken by a boulder on Sgurr Dearg. Initially reported as being on the W. ridge of Sgurr Alasdair, the helicopter spotted the casualty and party on Sgurr Dearg. MRT transported to the scene by helicopter and the team roped the boulder to prevent further movement. Casualty released with assistance of the helicopter; diagnosed with double fracture and crush injuries and transported by helicopter to Glasgow.

13. Incident: Lost
Location: Above the Quiraing
Date: 20/5
No of Team Members Involved: 14
Total team hours: 84.0

A B&B proprietor called the police stating he had had a call from a party of two who were doing a loop around the Quiraing; they were lost on the top. No map or compass, just apps and phone. They had found the cairn but got lost on descent. Found cold and wet.

14. Incident: Fall
Location: Coire Scamadal
Date: 30/5
No of Team Members Involved: 12
Total team hours: 48.0

Casualty fallen, reported as being at 4954 (sic). One companion present, also assisted by another hillwalker who alerted the police. Their location was high up in Coire Scamadal, by the Storr cliffs. The paramedic from the coastguard helicopter first attended the casualty, then two MRT were airlifted to the scene. Diagnosed a disclocated shoulder and lacerations to the head. The helicopter then transported the casualty to Broadford.

15. Incident: Shoulder dislocation whilst swimming
Location: Fairy pools
Date: 31/5
No of Team Members Involved: 10
Total team hours: 25.0

A male while swimming under the arch at the fairy pools dislocated his left shoulder. A friend alerted the police. The team managed to walk him off after getting him out of the pool.

16. Incident: Trip/slip
Location: Fairy Pools
Date: 3/6
No of Team Members Involved: 10
Total team hours: 30.0

One member of a party of three had split up from his other two friends and slipped, with suspected twisted/sprained ankle. Evacuation by coastguard helicopter.

17. Incident: Trip/slip
Location: Storr
Date: 3/6
No of Team Members Involved: 14
Total team hours: 42.0

A female with a ruptured right knee. The coastguard helicopter was in the area and when seen was asked for assistance.

18. Incident: Chest pains
Location: Coire Lagan
Date: 7/6
No of Team Members Involved: 17
Total team hours: 76.5

An elderly gentleman initially reported to have chest pains. Diagnosed as suffering from exhaustion and walked off.

19. Incident: Cragfast
Location: Lota Coirre side of An Caisteal
Date: 8/6
No of Team Members Involved: 22
Total team hours: 88.0

A party benighted on the Lota Corrie side of An Caisteal. The weather turned bad in the evening; fine but cloudy in the morning at the time of rescue. MRT transported to the scene and evacuated by helicopter.

20. Incident: Collapse; fatality
Location: Bruach na Frithe
Date: 15/6
No of Team Members Involved: 2
Total team hours: 4.0

A male suffered a fatal collapse near summit. Two team members were at Sligachan base - one already present for a radio exercise - and the casualty was evacuated by helicopter.

21. Incident: Overdue
Location: Coire Ghrunnda
Date: 1/7
No of Team Members Involved: 2
Total team hours: 10.0

A party of three were due back at Glen Brittle SYHA, but failed to return on the evening of the 1st. They had rung in earlier in the evening with an implication they would be back within 2 hours. The SYHA staff reported them overdue. They returned to the hostel by approximately 2pm on the 2nd.

22. Incident: Broken leg, swimming
Location: Fairy Pools
Date: 18/7
No of Team Members Involved: 11
Total team hours: 33.0

An 11 year old female was swimming at the Fairy Pools, and when jumping in broke her leg. Evacuated by stretcher to the road and the ambulance.

23. Incident: Trip/slip
Location: Storr
Date: 21/7
No of Team Members Involved: 10
Total team hours: 40.0

22 year old female stumbled and broke her lower leg. Evacuated by stretcher to the road and the ambulance.

24. Incident: Fall
Location: Fairy Pools
Date: 25/7
No of Team Members Involved: 11
Total team hours: 33.0

A male at the Fairy Pools was having diffculty getting back to the path from the river. He was walking down the river while his brother walked along the path. The brother saw the first man fall in a pool, made his way down to the casualty who was unconscious and required pulling out of the river. The casualty came round but was groggy. Evacuated by helicopter.

25. Incident: False alarm
Location: Elgol
Date: 19/8
No of Team Members Involved: 1
Total team hours: 10.0

False alarm regarding some cars left at Elgol; reported as abandoned vehicles. Turned out to be people using the JMCS Coruisk hut; confirmed by the boat operators. No deployment.

26. Incident: Trip/slip
Location: Fairy Pools
Date: 21/8
No of Team Members Involved: 11
Total team hours: 33.0

Broken ankle near Fairy Pools. Evacuation by coastguard helicopter.

27. Incident: Lost, cragfast.
Location: Lota Corrie
Date: 10/9
No of Team Members Involved: 16
Total team hours: 160.0

Casualty cragfast in Lota Corrie after missing the turn off from the Fairy pools path along the Shepherd's track. He had carried on over the bealach between Sgurr a Bhairnich and An Caisteal and went down into Lota Corrie. He got onto a ledge and panicked as his sack, with all his belongings in it, was forcing him off the ledge. He dropped his sack down below. An 8 hour search ensued. Evacuation was by coastguard helicopter with the Navy helicopter providing transport for MRT personnel.

28. Incident: Trip/slip
Location: Fionn Choire
Date: 11/9
No of Team Members Involved: 14
Total team hours: 28.0

A lady with head wound 3 inches long down to her scalp was walking out through Fionn Choire. She was told to stop as bleeding would continue. The coastguard helicopter came in and took her plus partner to Broadford Hospital.

29. Incident: Overdue
Location: Glenbrittle SHYA
Date: 13/9
No of Team Members Involved: 1
Total team hours: 4.0

Climbers reported overdue from Glenbrittle SYHA. Turned up safe and well.

30. Incident: Lost
Location: Quiraing
Date: 18/9
No of Team Members Involved: 1
Total team hours: 2.0

A male on the Skye trail got lost near the Quiraing. He could see a road as mist lifted and was advised to go for the road and sort himself out with a proper map and get a compass.

31. Incident: Lost
Location: Glen Sligachan
Date: 29/9
No of Team Members Involved: 13
Total team hours: 78.0

Male 70 years old, walking from Kilmarie to Sligachan, had trouble getting across the burns in Glen Sligachan and then got lost as he went high up off the path before being stopped by a river. Fed up, wet through and mildly hypothermic when we found him. No torch, he had left it at Broadford SYHA. He had a map but it was in tatters and could not read it without a torch. Sent to Broadford hospital for checkup.

32. Incident: Lost
Location: Blaven
Date: 10/10
No of Team Members Involved: 11
Total team hours: 66.0

Two females on Blaven, caught out in mist and hail. To scared to retrace route when this cleared. Had a compass, but no map or torch. Located by the team and walked off.

33. Incident: Missing person
Location: Portree area
Date: 16/10
No of Team Members Involved: 16
Total team hours: 112.0

A 76 year old male suffering from dementia missing from the campsite at Torvaig. A fit walker though possibly not used to off-road or rough tracks, he left campsite at 10am for a short walk with the family dog, and was expected back within minutes. Wife did not report him missing. Daughter and family returned to campsite at 17.00 hrs and raised the alarm. Various possible unconfirmed sightings. Not found that night.

Assisted by lifeboat and coastguard. Police helicopter in attendance.

34. Incident: Missing person (continued)
Location: Portree area and Uig road
Date: 17/10
No of Team Members Involved: 18
Total team hours: 162.0

Continuation of search. Probable sightings along the Uig road led to groups being deployed around Cuidrach and Earlish. Casualty found by coastguard helicopter in a confused state on the coast near Ru Chorachan near Earlish and evacuated to Broadford by helicopter. Dog found by personnel on the ground.

Luckily the previous night had been relatively warm for the time of year, and dry.

35. Incident: Lost
Location: Trotternish
Date: 30/10
No of Team Members Involved: 16
Total team hours: 91.0

Party of three phoned in from the Trotternish Ridge; lost and one male described as suffering from exhaustion. The group stayed put in their tent until found by the MRT. Walked off to the road.

Call outs in previous years

For a list of call outs in 2013..........  Please click here.

For a list of call outs in 2012..........  Please click here.

For a list of call outs in 2011..........  Please click here.

For a list of call outs in 2010..........  Please click here.

For a list of call outs in 2009..........  Please click here.

For a list of call outs in 2008..........  Please click here.

For a list of call outs in 2007..........  Please click here.