2 Incidents: Sgurr Alasdair and The Storr

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.
Rescue, Sgurr Alasdair
Rescue at Storr, 22 October
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.