A Man’s body located in Glencoe – it sounds a difficult and sad recovery.


A man’s body has been found by members of the public on a Glen Coe mountain. It is hardly noticed in the media but that would not be an easy task and my thoughts are with the family and the Glencoe Team at this time and all the teams involved in the search.

Police said the family of missing walker Robin Garton has been informed of the discovery.

Members of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team recovered the body from Stob Coire nam Beith in Glencoe

Robin Garton, 69, from Devizes in Wiltshire, has not been seen since 25 September last year.The family of an experienced hillwalker from Wiltshire who went missing while on a trip to Scotland have been told of the discovery of a body in Glen Coe.

Robin Garton, 69, from Devizes, disappeared on 25 September last year. Extensive searches were made of Glen Coe by Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team and others following his disappearance. Police Scotland said members of the public found the body of a man in the Stob Coire Nam Beith area on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr Garton, a former art dealer, set up the climate change charity The Glacier Trust in 2008 to support science-led projects in Nepal. He was reported missing after he failed to meet up with friends as planned in Kinlochewe in Wester Ross following a walk in Glen Coe.

This is from Lochaber MRT Facebook Page

“We would like to acknowledge Glencoe Mountain Rescue for the recovery they carried out from Deep Cut Chimney on Stob Coire nam Beith on Wednesday evening.

1961 Glencoe MRT

It is all too easy to take for granted the risks taken by volunteers in mountain rescue teams. In this case, we would like to acknowledge the professionalism and bravery of the Glencoe team in recovering the casualty and hope that they get the formal acknowledgement from the appropriate authorities.

To quote Andy Nelson, team leader of Glencoe Mountain Rescue following the incident

“civilian ground teams remain the last line of defence, the team that ALWAYS gets the job done, at times under extreme risk”

in this case no truer words have been said.

Well done Glencoe – you have our full respect.” Strong words from Lochaber.

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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2 Responses to A Man’s body located in Glencoe – it sounds a difficult and sad recovery.

  1. John church says:

    Strong words indeed….. but I find it a tad over ambitious from lochaber and glencoe……. they have fallen out with the authorities and make great pains to come away with comments like that.
    Let’s not forget there is one police team and two other teams with police involvement., all of whom are also volunteers in the sense of mountain rescue. Yes they are paid as police officers the same as anyone in a civilian team is paid at their job., but the police the same as civilian team members DO NOT receive extra payment for this… contrary to belief….and it is rather annoying to have this elite attitude that has a rebuke to the authorities .
    The politics and elitism and aloof attitude of some., not all.., members of the teams who have broken away is boring…. and there appears to be little or no appreciation of the legalities and procedures which take place when a person is lost injured or killed outdoors…it just seems they want the glory……. all they seem to do is moan….. tell you what….. if you don’t like it., don’t do it., you are a volunteer and no one makes you… I think that is what is forgotten.
    The police have a statutory responsibility for this and cannot just leave it , if the civilian teams don’t want to do it or tow the line then let the police deal with it…. rant over


    • Thanks John

      I have huge respect for the Police and Police Teams and have always helps them in great regard.

      Unfortunately there is no way the Police could cope with a search in certain areas like the North West without support from the civilian teams. They just do not have the man power to do it.

      So there is still a need to get round the table and chat about problems that there may be and it’s maybe time to have a look at Search and Rescue lowland Urban searches in a different way?

      Thanks for your comments

      Regards Heavy


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