Scot injured hill walker sparks three hour rescue mission during Storm…

A Scot injured hill walker sparked a three hour rescue mission during Storm Arnwen.

The confused explorer got lost during the extreme weather and lost phone reception.

They were then forced to make a ‘important effort’ to leave the path and climb an embankment to call for help.

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue then launched a desperate search for them near North Middleton, Midlothian, reports Edinburgh Live.

It took the brave teams around three hours of searching to find the individual in the stormy conditions.

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue said: “Due to the harsh weather forecast we placed our team on ‘standby’ at 1630 today – we wanted to have team members at a heightened state of readiness as we knew anyone who was lost, missing or injured was facing a much higher risk due to the extreme weather.

“At 17:36 we received a call from Police Scotland to help look for a walker with an ankle injury near North Middleton, Midlothian.

“The walker had injured themselves, become disorientated but had no phone reception – they made important effort to leave the path they were on to climb an embankment to get phone reception.

“Although they couldn’t give an exact location they were able to describe what was around them which helped thin the search.

Once they had phoned for help they did the right thing and took shelter from the wind behind a wall and stayed where they were.

“MRT started carrying out ‘corridor searches’ along paths and tracks and at 19:55, just close to 2hr 25 mins after MRT were first contacted the casualty was located.

“This search was carried out in some of the most extreme ‘non-winter’ conditions the team has faced for a important time and although a challenging search it was an extremely successful outcome in a comparatively short period of time

We hope everyone stays safe for the remainder of #StormArwen and our casualty makes a speedy recovery.”



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