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August 2020

After a quiet start to August, the second half came with a busy couple of weeks for AMRT.

On 12th August there was a full team callout to assist the emergency services following the derailment of a passenger train in the Stonehaven area, following horrendous weather and a reported landslide. The team were asked by Police Scotland to muster in Stonehaven itself, but the team’s services were not required at the accident scene. Well done to the emergency services who attended the scene, the team’s thoughts are with those involved.

The 13th August saw the team deploy with Braemar MRT to the Beinn a’ Bhuird area after 2 climbers got into difficulty. Following some incredible flying by Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 151, the climbers were both airlifted from the crag, shortening what could have been a very long incident.

On the 22nd of August, members of the team were involved in 2 callouts on one day. The first was to Bennachie, where team members were stood down as the air ambulance attended and lifted the casualty - our best wishes to them. Scottish ambulance service, police and a small group from Braemar MRT were also on scene.

As that callout was finishing, another was beginning in the Cairngorms for a missing person. Team members already training in the area diverted to search. Our SARDA Scotland search dog 'Jib' was also deployed on the hill. The search concluded successfully with the missing person being located safe and well. Thanks to the Braemar MRT members who also deployed.

The 30th August saw the team called out at 0530 to assist 4 walkers in the Cairn Toul area. Braemar MRT & Coastguard Rescue 151 successfully located the casualties and got them off the hill safe and well.

There has been an increase in callouts lately, perhaps not always involving people as well-equipped as would be advised. With the weather changing and nights lengthening, now is the time to ensure you have both the correct equipment and the correct knowledge to enjoy the mountains safely.