Mountain Rescue at its finest – Lochaber tribute and Braemar MRT Continue the search.

I was very privileged to be a member of the Mountain Rescue Service for 40 years serving with the RAF Teams and with Torridon MRT. It is wonderful to read these extracts from Lochaber and Braemar MRT on the effort and kindness shown by all involved in two huge searches this winter. What incredible people and efforts they put in all over Scotland and the UK few realise what we have in these volunteers from all walks of life. In these days of sadness and madness in the world I am so proud of their efforts as are many of my friends. You truly are a caring, kind community that gives me great pride in sharing these two short pieces. God bless you all stay safe and as always my thoughts are with the families and friends of those involved in these tragic incidents and with the Rescue Agencies who give everything to bring loved ones home, however long it takes.

Please support your local team!

Please support your local team!

From Lochaber MRT Facebook

“There was a small private funeral for Tim and Rachel in Fort William today. Following a services at the Duncansburgh Church, the young couple were laid to rest together in Glen Nevis in shadow of Ben Nevis.

The Team was honoured to be asked by the families to act as pallbearers. Two pipers from the team also played the Lament which provided an emotional farewell. RIP Tim and Rachel.”

2016 Rachel-Slater-and-Tim-Newton

2016 Rachel-Slater-and-Tim-Newton RIP

My thoughts are with you all, especially the family and friends..

Braemar MRT

“The team will be out tomorrow continuing the search for Jim Robertson still missing . We will start the day from the Aviemore side to lessen the long walk into our more remote locations. Could have done with a nicer forecast but spirits will be high none the less.

Thank you for all the kind messages of support. For Lynn and the Robertson family, our fingers remain crossed.

Jim Robertson still missing.

Jim Robertson still missing.

Snow cover remains considerable above 800 metres so take care and don’t leave home without that winter specific rucksack quite yet. Spring has not yet sprung in the mountains! Follow the Scottish Avalanche Information Service whilst their forecasts continue for the season.”

Take care all involved and many thanks for your continued efforts, you are all in our thoughts.

Supporting BMRT in memory of our beloved dad Jim Robertson

An immense amount of work has been done by BMRT to establish the likely circumstances in which our beloved dad, Jim Robertson, went missing. It is likely that he left Bob Scott’s Bothy early on the morning of Wednesday 2nd March 2016, two days before his 61st birthday. It is likely that he headed to the second highest mountain in the UK, Ben Macdui (in the Cairngorms). It is likely that he has had a tragic accident and has succumbed to the elements somewhere on this mountain.

Setting up this page is our way of sharing our deepest heartfelt thanks with the volunteers of BMRT and we would be extremely grateful for any donations, no matter how small they may be. Sadly our dad will not be the last person to need the help of BMRT. We appreciate that our fundraising goal is high however the running cost of BMRT is ‘tens of thousands – every year, year after year’ and all of their work is ‘done on a voluntary basis.’

There are no words to express our feelings of gratitude towards all of those who have been involved in the search thus far. Regardless of the outcome, we are truly overwhelmed by their kindness, compassion and commitment. We are now hoping that BMRT can recover our dad’s body and bring him home to us. Once we have him home, we can say our final goodbyes and return our dearest dad to the hills, where he belongs.

We only wish our dad could see just how much has been done for him… He would be so amazed and deeply moved.

Dad, may only the purest snow ever fall on you x

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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