A wonderful drive to the North West – tragedy on Moruisk a sad day for the Rescue Teams.

What a great drive to Lochinver in the far North West of Scotland, where I am going to assist the War Graves Commission with the renewal of a new memorial of an aircraft crash in Assynt. I am staying at Lochinver till after the weekend as the task may take a few days.  We have to dimantle the old cairn and memorial not an east task. The Memorial is at 2000 feet and is a 2-3 hour walk in, it is situated where the plane crashed in 1941 killing all the crew and took several months to locate.  The hills were looking superb and the weather outstanding as I drove to Lochinver. It was a definite blue sky day. The hills  had shed their snow and the sun was very hot. From Ben Wyvis, the Fannichs, Beinn Dearg and the majestic An Teallach all looked outstanding.  There were cars in all the laybys’ and many were enjoying this spell of exceptional weather on the mountains. I passed the RAF Lossiemouth Team on their way home from what was a tragic callout on Moruisk . This Munro  is near  Achnashellach and the team were on a Search along with Torridon MRT and the Search & Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA)   A walker was located after a search by the teams; she had been missing from the day previously.  A first light search was carried out and supported by the Rescue helicopter from Stornoway and Rescue 137 from RAF Lossiemouth.

The incredible North West Of Scotland - a magnificent place of great beauty

The incredible North West Of Scotland – a magnificent place of great beauty

Some of the teams were dropped high on the mountain and the weather was excellent for a change.  It was a sad task even in such great weather accidents can happen. Rescue 137 from RAF Lossiemouth collected the casualty and Brian and Stu from Lossiemouth MRT continued up to Lochinver to meet the 3 experts from the War Graves Commission.  Hopefully the weather will hold as we have some work to do over the next few days.  It was a lovely night as we planned the next few days and with the forecast good hopefully all will go well. It should be a long day today and I will enjoy the 2-3 hour walk to the crash site in summer weather.

The internet is very poor up here so I will see when I can post this.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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