On my Blog a few days ago (14 August 2016 )I mentioned a difficult call -out in the far North West of Scotland involving Dundonnell and Torridon Mountain Rescue Teams. I had only been out on the hills two days ago with Dan Carrol another ex RAF Team Leader when we spoke about the loss of a team member after visiting Alan Grouts memorial in Ardour. Alan was killed in a training accident in 1956.
“The memorial was in great condition for 60 years on the hill and we had a great break here. It was strange but we thought of what may have happened here. The accident must have been awful for all concerned, no phones in these days and someone going for help, then the long evacuation by your pals so many sad questions. The poor family and the loss of a young life so many years ago. This was a tragedy that would effect many for the rest of their lives. I suppose as Team Leaders it had always been in our thoughts how would we have dealt with and accident like this to our team and we had a few near misses in our 30 odd years”
This was posted on Facebook late last night
“Update from our last post. The walker we rescued last Saturday morning has very sadly died of his injuries.
This was an immensely difficult rescue for us as a team as the casualty was a fellow team member, James Edwards.
We are all completely numbed by this outcome. Our thoughts, love and support are with his wife Tanya and their two little boys.”
My thought are with the family and team at this terrible time. I can only imagine the grief and sadness of all the Mountain Rescue family. My thoughts are with you all.