SkyeMRT were called at 13:30 on Sunday 31 January after reports that a local man had seriously injured himself whilst sledging close to the Old Man of Storr. 12 MRT attended as well as the Coastguard helicopter from Stornoway. The team were able to administer pain relief and fully immobilise the casualty before the helicopter arrived and airlifted him to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow. We wish the casualty a full and speedy recovery.
The Halloween cobwebs were well and truly blown off this afternoon when 15 members of@SkyeMRT rescued a casualty with a leg injury at the #OldManofStorr. Conditions were dreadful with 60mph winds and driving rain but the rescue was completed quickly and the casualty evacuated to the care of@Scotambservice
Two quite differing call-outs yesterday, just to keep us on our toes. Mid-morning a male went off route on Sgurr Alasdair and became crag-fast. Luckily, he’d enough phone signal to raise the alarm. A long and difficult search ensued in what were misty, murky, greasy conditions.
The casualty could be heard at a fairly early stage, but getting to him was another matter entirely. Thankfully, with light fading, the clag lifted and the Coastguard helicopter from Stornoway was able to ‘pick-off’ the casualty from his rather precarious position in what was a fantastic piece of flying. Back at base the casualty commented, “Thanks to everyone who helped me stay alive today.” 12 MRT were involved in this search and rescue, with more team members back at base as back-up. Team members were uplifted by helicopter to Coire Lagan, saving us time and energy before we started our search.
At the same time a female with a broken ankle at the Storr was given first aid, ‘packaged’ by our Team and winched aboard the Coastguard helicopter from Stornoway. She was flown to Broadford hospital for treatment. Six MRT were involved in this call-out.
Once again, many thanks to both helicopter crews from Stornoway. Your professionalism is always reassuring and your help is always much appreciated.
Stay safe, everyone.
About 3.45pm on Tuesday 23 September, Skye Mountain Rescue Team were called to locate and assist a person who was stuck between swollen rivers on the path between Camusunary and Sligachan. One MRT group made their way to Kilmarie by vehicle and then onwards to Camusunary along the coastal track, and another group walked south from Sligachan. About 6.20pm the person was located near Caumusunary having received assistance from other walkers. They were all conveyed to Sligachan by Skye MRT.
Around 4.50pm Police Scotland received a call from 2 casualties who were in need of assistance at ‘The Bad Step’ – Loch Coruisk, on the Isle of Skye.
The Mallaig Coastguard Rescue Team were transported by Mallaig RNLI lifeboat to the RV point, and on scene, the Y-boat was launched to recover the casualties. Skye MRT who were already at Kilmarie accompanied the Skye Coastguard Teams to Camusunary to standby in case further assistance was required.
The casualties received treatment for their minor injuries and were then transferred to their forward destination by the Portree Coastguard Rescue Team.
About 1510 hrs on Sunday 20 September, Skye MRT responded to two people who were reported as being cragfast near the Needle at the Quiraing, Trotternish. The people were rescued by the MRT personnel.
On the afternoon of Sunday 13 September 2020, 8 members of Skye Mountain Rescue Team were engaged on a search at the Quiraing for a walker who was lost in the mist. Weather conditions were taxing with extremely heavy rain and strong winds.
The walker was located at Sgurr Mòr and assisted off the hill.
Skye Mountain Rescue Team together with Portree, Dunvegan and Duntulm Coastguard Rescue Teams, Duty Officer S18C, Coastguard Helicopter R948 asked by Highland & Islands Police to assist Scottish Ambulance Service with fallen walker near the Quiraing on Skye. Casualty extracted by stretcher carry to landing site and transferred to hospital by R948.
On the afternoon of Friday 14 August 2020, following reports from climbers of a possible fall/rockfall in the Coire Ghrunnda area, 12 members of Skye MRT were winched onto the Cuillin Ridge by the Stornoway Coastguard helicopter to perform a thorough search of the area.
A few hours later, one of our team members found a male casualty, unconscious and with serious injuries, who had suffered a significant fall near Sgurr Dubh na Da Bheinn.
At this point a further 4 team members were tasked with bringing up additional equipment, and they were flown as close as possible to the scene.
The casualty was treated on scene by our Medical Officer, our Casualty Carers and the Coastguard paramedic, before being securely packaged in a stretcher and winched to the helicopter from a nearby suitable location.
The casualty was flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with our Medical Officer onboard, where the casualty is believed to be in a critical but stable condition. Skye MRT members were all off the hill by 2130, in an incident that lasted around 9 hrs.
Many thanks to the Stornoway helicopter crew for their support and professionalism once again in what was a challenging situation.
Many thanks also to the climbers who did the right thing by contacting the emergency services, acting on what they heard. Without this initial report the casualty would not have been found for a very long time.
We wish the casualty a speedy and full recovery and our thoughts are with him, his family and his friends at this very difficult time.
Skye Mountain Rescue Team together with Portree, Dunvegan and Duntulm Coastguard Rescue Teams, Duty Officer S18C, Coastguard Helicopter R948 were tasked to assist Scottish Ambulance Service with an injured walker at Gedintailor, Braes. Casualty extracted by stretcher carry to landing site and transferred to hospital by R948.