Some more information on the Beinn Eighe Painting. Chat to the Coastguards in Mallaig

The Beinn Eighe Painting

The Beinn Eighe Painting

From Kenny ex Team Leader RAF Kinloss MRT   “We had some money bequeathed to us (1994 ish?) from a Dr who had died and who had been an ex Deputy OIC of KInloss Mountain Rescue Team in the ‘50s.  This was about £1100 in total (money instead of flowers at the funeral).  KMRT must have made an impression on him and I’m guessing that he’d been on National Service and joined the team.  I that Sunshine  Ray Sefton may remember him (worth a try), but one of the really old ones might, so it’s worth asking some of them at the reunion.  I can’t remember his name, but there is a little brass plaque on the painting (I think), so his name might be on there or on the back perhaps.  I hope that the painting is at Lossiemouth with the RAF Lossiemouth Team? I am sure the benefactor was Arthur Bennet confirmation would be great ! 

Pat O’ Donvan  (an ex RAF MRT teammate) did the painting after I sent him a number of colour photographs of Being Eighe, some of the mountain on call outs and some of a stretcher party walking off which may have been taken in the Cairngorms.  He cleverly put the photos together to produce the painting.  I said that the most important thing was to make sure that you were at the front of the stretcher party directing proceedings!  ( Thanks Kenny)

That’s all I know, but I’ll let you know if anything else comes to mind.”

I have contact RAF Lossiemouth MRT and asked them to look and see if there is a plaque on the painting.

If anyone has any info I would appreciate it if not I await an answer from Lossiemouth MRT

 

Pat Donvan did the painting after I sent him a number of colour photographs of Being Eighe, some of the mountain and some of a stretcher party walking off which may have been taken in the Cairngorms.  He cleverly put the photos together to produce the painting.  I said that the most important thing was to make sure that you were at the front of the stretcher party directing proceedings!

That’s all I know, but I’ll let you know if anything else comes to mind.It is great to see that Pat has allowed Torridon MRT to use the painting on their website and Pat who sadly  cannot paint anymore his great painting can be seen by everyone who access their website.

MCA Logo

MCA Logo

I have been busy working on a chat for the Coastguards over the weekend. I have a chat on the West Coast Coastguards at Mallaig on Saturday afternoon so that will an interesting day and I hope to get on the hill on Sunday.  It is great to be invited to talk to these great people, it is amazing the amount of work the day do not just on the coast but on these remote Islands and on the Coast. I did a few big call -outs with them over the years with the Mountain Rescue teams. I really did not understand the scope of their remit I suppose I was very Mountain Rescue driven.  It was with the ARCC that I realised how helpful they were and how much they give to their local community. Many of the helicopter evacuations on most of the Islands was greatly assisted by them at any time of day and night. They are a great resource that few realise? It will be an interesting day.

Some of the incidents on the Coast and Islands over the years?

St Kilda – visit Soay to crash site of Lancaster.

Shetland’s – helicopter crash 45 fatal 2 survivors

Harris – Shackelton aircraft crash. – 9 fatalities

Cape Wrath – Missing walker

Skye – Many assisted by lifeboat and Coastguard’s on many occasions.

Jura – French aircraft crash just of the coast – Missing walkers on the Paps.

Rum – Fallen walkers – 3 callouts over the years.

Barra – Aircraft crash  2 fatalities

Mull Of Kintyre – Chinook crash – 29 fatalities

Arran – various callouts

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