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April & May 2021

April and May have seen the team return to training in line with our Covid 19 protocols and have also seen an increase in our callout activity.

April started with a callout to assist an injured skiier in the Red Spout area of Lochnagar. Rescue helicopter 151 from Inverness managed to airlift the casualty to safety and transport them to hospital.

On the 18th of April the Team returned to more formal training in line with our Covid 19 protocols. There was still considerable snow cover in the gullies and higher ground of Lochnagar where team members practiced lowering of the stretcher as a team on snow slopes, whilst working on steep ground.

The 24th of April saw some of the team called out to one of our more local spots, Bennachie, to assist an injured walker.

May has seen a return to the sea cliffs for our Thursday night training sessions for some rigging focused training in the build up to our annual 'big lower' exercise. This has been a great opportunity to get re-familiarised with this style of casualty recovery that has been challenging due to the Covid risks.

The 30th May saw the team deployed alongside Braemar MRT to assist an injured climber on 'Square Face' in the Beinn a' Bhuird area. The position of the casualty was challenging, resulting in the casualty needing to be relocated to a safer location that was suitable for uplift by Rescue 151, with our team doctor accompanying them to hospital.