Scottish Mountain Rescue 1950 -1960 – big changes start to occur.

It must be remembered that the Police are responsible for land Rescue but in no way have they have the capability in manpower or organisation n this area to run rescues in every area. Yet the Police were the backbone of many a rescue yet they had very limited gear or training. The letter below shows the basic equipment that the RAF Rescue gave the Police, the gear was lengths of rope, ice axes and wind – proof suits.

1951 Letter from the Police thanking the RAF Rescue for basic gear!

1951 Letter from the Police thanking the RAF Rescue for basic gear!

The increasing numbers taking to the mountains and the rise in incidents led to some changes more people were rock-climbing and problems were occurring as standards were raised. Some climbing gear failed, a few ropes broke after falls and rock climbing and winter climbing protection was fairly limited at this time. These were the days of the leader must not fall! So much was happening in Scotland this was the” Golden Age of mountaineering” with many of the great of the day pushing standards. Just have look at the guide books to see what was being climbed with basic gear at this time. Look at the names of those climbing: Patey, Smith, Marshall, Murray and so many more this was an incredible time. Roads were better and the Highlands were easier to access there was so much virgin climbing for those who wanted adventure.

The Golden Years 1950 -1960

The Golden Years 1950 -1960

1950 Scottish Climbing Accidents from SMC Journal

30 incidents – 9 Fatalities ( 4 Rock climbing/scrambling, 4 hill walking, 1 possible heart failure)

1950 advert for ropes!

1950 advert for ropes!

As incidents increased more local people got involved in rescue and it was not unusual for other local climbers and Climbing clubs to help in Rescue. One of the incidents above was to a SMC Member who broke his leg skiing in Glencoe on Meall A Bhuiridh. He was brought down to the road by hand transport. Leg x rayed and set in plaster next day and returned to business afterwords! No Rescue party, No Press and No publicity. Everything was done by his own party and no one else inconvenienced.

1950 more gear!

1950 more gear!

It also states “An example of how such a matter can be dealt with by a competent party, “SMC Journal 1950

By 1960 the Accident rate was very similar with:

32 incidents – 9 fatalities ( 5 rock scrambling – 4 hillwalking but a steady rise in climbing incidents in technical areas, Clachaig Gully Glencoe and Archers Ridge.) The 1960 Journal thanks both the RAF Teams and Hamish McInnes , Dr Catherine McInnes and Police Constables Whillians and Dunn for their work in Glencoe. Mountain Rescue was a small world in these days.

1953 Stretcher carry

1953 Stretcher carry.

Incidents began to spread out and to assist the RAF MRT had Sub Units in various places where simple kit was available to help in a rescue in these climbing areas. This was mainly for Aircraft crashes nut the idea was taken on by clubs including the SMC.

1955 May Sub Units Medi

1955 May Sub Units Medical Post.

“The avoidance of accidents in mountaineering depends on observing the advice given in the first part but even more on maintaining at all times an awareness between the party climbing , the state of the mountain being climbed at the time and the weather. It is from this that safe climbing springs”

SMC journal 1955 still very relevant today!

Braemar MRT the early days

Braemar MRT the early days

5/3/50 Buachaille Etive Mor. Glencoe.

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Climber fell whilst glissading in D gully.  Fell 250ft and sustained broken leg.  Carried off via the summit, took 24hrs.  This was  first time morphine was used.
1955 - list of medical Posts

1955 – list of medical Posts.

Medical Post were set up all over Scotland and the list is above, there was still no organised committee purely for Mountain Rescue it was a group of like-minded mountaineers and clubs and the Red Cross were early players after the war. As Bob Sharp states in his History of Scottish Mountain Rescue ” it was an amalgam of 27 representatives  from Organisations as diverse as the Youth Hostels Association , Tourist Boards not surprisingly  resulted in massive bureaucracy that achieved nothing.” Harsh but true as I have spoken to several players in this period!

1955 Rescue Boggie - Ben Nevis

1955 Rescue Boggie – Ben Nevis

In these early years as stated before in Lochaber the local Lochaber Climbing Club was heavily involved in Rescues in the Ben Nevis Area as were many of the locals in Glencoe and other places. Incredible people, every area has it tales of these early days and the outstanding work by locals.

Avalanche Ben Nevis

Avalanche Ben Nevis early days – the probe was home made by workshops at RAF Kinloss and became very popular as a probe but very heavy.

1 /04 /53 Ben Nevis

South Castle Gully

Six-day search for two avalanched climbers. They left kit in CIC hut and not returned. Team climbed N&S Castle, 2, 3 & 4 gullies. Casualties found when snow melted below N&S Castle gullies. 2 Fatal.  Massive search by local climbers and RAF Kinloss MRT – located on 19 April !
1954  – Ben Nevis

NE Buttress

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5 Royal Navy from Lossiemouth was killed in a glissading accident descending the Carn Mhor Dearg Arete.  This was one of the reasons behind the abseil posts, put up by the team. A tragic event that was to lead to a safety initiative at the time!
1955 Glencoe

The Chancellor

Rescue of 2 fallen climbers.  Probably the most difficult rescue carried out by Kinloss and Glencoe locals  up to that time. 

Donald Duff Memorial Expedition Poster

1958 Ben Nevis

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3 missing climbers found at the foot of Zero Gully.  Fatal.  (Tech). Belay failed, ice axe, recovery party included Hamish Mc Inness and Tom Patey

 

04/01/59 Glen Doll Disaster

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Joint search with Leuchars MRT for 5 missing walkers.  Only one body was recovered from the snow.  The other four bodies were recovered over the next three weeks. See 2 Star Red- 5 fatalities

These were just a few of the incidents attended by RAF Kinloss MRT  1950 – 1959 ! Things were changing with an increase in rock and winter climbing incidents.

1951 RAF MRT Training manual.

1951 RAF MRT Training manual.

The Duff Stretcher designed by Doctor Donald Duff Of Lochaber and the doctor at the Belford Hospital and who led the local team made up of local climbers in this period. It was designed by him in North Wales in 1944 . Below is a letter asking the RAF Rescue to look at the stretcher.

1950 letter ref stretcher

1950 letter ref stretcher from Doctor Duff.

The famous Donald Duff with his stretcher.

The famous Donald Duff with his stretcher.

1954 Radio on hill

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Running by the Sea – The Tiree Ultra Marathon – Mark Hartree

This is another story by Mark Hartree a friend from  my days in RAF Mountain Rescue – He then had a nickname 2ba in the team  (small but as he says perfectly formed)

I am doing the 7 Ultra’s for madness charity SMA Support UK who are supporting Molly, a friend and X RAF MRT troops daughter who has the condition.  Please sponsor him if you can at:

https://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Hartree1/

The wee man Mark Hartree has been at it again this time it is Tiree I will leave him to tell the tale 

Where?  – Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland as you can see on the map below. To the northwest are the Outer Hebrides / Western Isles but due west, across the Atlantic, there is no more land until you reach North America!

Tiree Map

Tiree Map

Tiree a is flat and low lying island with only a few hills. The island is approximately 20km long and 10km at its widest point. This is one of the sunniest places in the British Isles but Tiree’s flat exposed form also makes its weather generally windy. The Gulf Stream ensures that hard frost and snow are rare.

Mark Hartree in action

Mark Hartree in action

Puff, puff, puff, puff, puff…it’s 0400 and for the third time I reflate my thermarest. It is tooearly to pack up my tent and head for the 0700 ferry to Tiree and if the air leaks as slowly as before, I should just about be comfortable till 0520 when I was planning to get up anyway.

The Tiree Ultra Marathon should be one of the easier in my summer series but the logistics are somewhat complicated – or at least time consuming, requiring bikes, slow trains and ferries. While the scenery along the way is stunning – the speed of travel gives you plenty of time to look at it. Having travelled in Switzerland in the summer, the Scottish West Coast travel system could do with an upgrade.

For hill walkers, Tiree offers little of interest with three wee bump rising to less than 150m, each adorned with either radar stations or telecom masts to allow the locals to stay connected and order things on the interweb. These will take days to get there still but at least they can order the quickly. Sitting alongside its partner Coll, Tiree sits as one of the Inner Hebrides and the thing to say about it is the coast line is amazing, and it gets and huge 5 stars if wind and sea based sports are your thing, but there are few redeeming features in the middle. 40 folk completed this 35 mile race last year. This year, nearly 200 had registered as single, doubles or quad relay teams largely due to Pete Buchanan’s write-up on his bestpartday.blogspot.co.uk last year. His stunning photos of empty beaches and green trails (are better than my shots) had wetted appetites and saying the Tiree Ultra is “Possibly the best race I’ve ever done” was bound to attract suitors – well it got me hook, line and sinker and would make a good recovery run after the Glencoe Skyline two weeks before.

The ferry terminal on Saturday morning was buzzing with sleepy racers with about 120 bikes loaded and the boat restaurant working double time to serve full Scottish, then a long chug between Mull and Ardnamurchan and the chance of a morning slumber. We docked and folk then dispersed to their various accommodations on the island ready for a 0800 start on Sunday. We all gathered on a glorious beach pointing West with the sea to our left, a line drawn on the sand and the basic route was to keep the sea to our side and with a few detours here and there, run for 35 miles until you get back to where you started. Simple!

As for the race: brilliant, beautiful, flat, fast in places, tricky in others with some bondoo bashing, hopping cow hoof potholes in the mud, a bit wet and boggy here-and-there to mess you up and fill your shoes with gloop, a tiny hill, firm sand apart from the soft bits, plenty of sea water to wash-off in, and repeat….It would make a stunning walk over a few days with many choices for some great wild camping, swimming and fishing, but expect a breeze. The weather for the race behaved with not too much wind overall but colder on the West side of the island until you turned East and had it on your back with some nice cooling drizzle. All the way were things of interest – the white remote spotless beaches and coves with blue waters, the green trails through ancient sand dunes, the black houses and old crofts, interested cows, scared sheep and friendly locals cheering us on. The odd bit of tarmac seemed to help the road runners but wasn’t my favourite, but soon gave way to more remote trails and trods and more stunning coastal scenery. Apparently, there was an ancient grass covered broche but I seemed to miss seeing it chasing after Phil Humphries. With a few detours to visit the best beaches or to miss out the un-runnable ground the route and was split into 4 sections to give some CPs and places for relay handovers to happen. Each was about the same distance apart and by half way I was in the unusual position of being 6th overall. As the 6th Ultra this year for SMA Support UK I seemed to have improved a bit. At CP2 I took time for a good feed and enjoy my baby potato and rice combo and letPhil H plus a couple of others overtake me. Then Dave Hanna and Madeline Robinson nipped past and disappeared into the distance. I then chased Phil for 18 miles getting one or two people back. At a rock on the second last beach I timed him as 3.5 mins ahead of me and upped my pace to see it I could get him in the last 8km. He clocked me and kept his speed enough to come it about 2mins ahead. Great food and catering after the race and a dip in the sea set me up for a nice cold shower in the hostel as all the water was used by the relay team! A memorable trip with a fantastic ceilidh band in the evening enabling some enthusiastic dancing to get the lactic acid out of my legs. I met some great people and in the randomness of hill races, met people who knew mutual friends in the MR world – naturally Heavy but also Dave Booth out in Canada. The winner was Tom Smith from Lochaber Athletics club would lead the whole way. He won last year but improved his time coming in in 4hrs:42 (CR).

I came in 9th in 5hrs:18 a few minutes behind my club mates Dave and Phil. Maddy came 5th As a nod to Catherine Destaville who solo’d the Eiger when 6 months pregnant, Jenny Rogers, who was the tail ender in over 12hrs, arrived to great applause as we started the ceilidh and is due her baby on 1st Dec!

Full results here at some point: http://www.tireefitness.co.uk/tiree-ultramarathon/

After 23hrs of travelling, I made it home with a new thermarest on my shopping list. If taking the train from Glasgow to Oban and back – book your bike on the train!. Others travelled for longer – hence book yer bike on the train.

Tiree 1

 

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Old and Bold – RAF Mountain Rescue just after the war! “The kit on the outside may have changed but underneath the heart and soul of the team remains the same”

Simple lower - scary

Simple lower –  simple gear and very basic and scary?

I am doing some research for a talk I am doing for Scottish Mountain Rescue who celebrate 50 years of the Organisation . In the early days there was little formal Mountain Rescue in Scotland the years 1925 -1945  as these are the Stats from the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal by a report by Ben Humble a great pioneer of Mountain Safety show this:

Biography;

SMC Journal (Articles) the “Auchallader Accident” George Sang Volume 17, Page 179; The “Stob Ghabhar Incident” JMCS notes (18, 54) The “Cairngorm Disaster”; Professor Gregory (18, 162) “The Buachaille Etive Accident” Alex Harrison and Robert Jeffrey (19,197); “The Ben Alder Incident” JMCS Notes (19,300); “The Cairngorm Disaster” CW Parry (20, 40)  “Scottish Mountaineering Accidents” A Harrison (20, 290) “Accident Lists” (21, 290; 22,82; 22,213; 23,279) Further info on SMC Journal Vol 17 Page 179 and Vol 18 Page 162. SMC “First Aid Committee Accident Lists” Cairngorm Club Journal, Mountaineering Journal.   “Mountaineering Days in the Isle of Skye” J. E. B. Wright

1925 – 1945 – 90 call -outs , 45 Fatalities, 61 injured.

Glencoe had 20 call -outs with 7 fatalities.

Ben Nevis – 16 call -outs – 8 fatalities.

Cairngorms – 10 call -outs – 9 fatalities.

Southern Highlands -13 call -outs – 7 fatalities.

Skye 16 call -outs – 8 fatalities.

Northern Highlands –  1 call – out.

Western Highlands – 1 call out – 1 fatality.

Central Highlands – 10 call -outs – 4 fatalities.

Southern Uplands – 2 call -outs nil fatalities.

Island other than Skye – 1 call -out – 1 fatality.

1928 Search in Glen Einich

1928 Search in Glen Einich – local people and police great effort in the search

 

I found some old photos of the early days of the RAF Mountain Rescue and these were incredible days when kit was simple and there were few civilian teams about. After the war there was lots of old WD (War Department) gear surplus after the war which was used by the civilian climbers  and walkers to great effect.

Some of the kit issued to RAF MRT in the late 40’s

  1. Oilskin Trousers – Oilskin Sou’wester Hat – Very pistol! for communications
  2. Balaclava Helmet – Sea Boot Stockings
  3. Gaiters – Woollen mittens
  4. Khaki Battledress Top – Khaki Battledress Trousers
  5. Boots & ice axes – no crampons!
  6. Wind – proof smocks.
1951 The RAF Kinloss MRT at Beinn Eighe look at how basic the gear was?

1951 The RAF Kinloss MRT at Beinn Eighe look at how basic the gear was?

  1. Beret-Whistle-Signal Flag – Electric Torch
  2. Thermos Flask -Snow Goggles
  3. Ice Axe -Another best friend
  4. Knife, Duffle Coat – Used when travelling in the trucks.
  • Flying Boots –  Condemned for flying, Handy for us. Crampons   NOT ISSUED Two pairs hanging on the wall in the workshop, ex commando and to big for any boots in the team.
1951 RAF MRT Training manual.

1951 RAF MRT Training manual.

This amazing manual above was the first of its kind in the world in MR circles, was originally written by Mike Halton in 1951 for RAF MR. This 7th Edition has a preface also written by Mike Halton

Despite this the ex WD gear allowed many to go out into the hills with better gear and push the grades, the accidents increased and the RAF Teams got involved in many incidents in this era and were a huge influence.

From the RAF Kinloss MRT Call Outs from 1944 – 49 show that the team was involved in many aircraft incidents but the mountaineering incidents increased later on.

 

 

The  Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Service (RAFMRS) provides land rescue over the mountain areas of the United Kingdom.  Teams (MRTs) were first organised during World War II to rescue aircrew from the large number of aircraft crashes then occurring on high ground. These were the days  of limited communications and it is hard to imagine the difficulties involved on rescues.

The mountaineering incidents now began to increase call – outs in Scotland at this time were carried out by local Police, shepherds Gillies and mountaineers, the Scottish Mountaineering Club would assist when asked. Huge changes were to occur from 1950 – 1960.

 

 1960 donald Duff Police

 The number of Mountaineering incidents are increasing from 1950 – 1960 and the need for Mountain Rescue Teams in various areas became a priority of the Police.   With more people out on the hills and transport improving the mountains were opening out.

Early first aid and basic sttechers.
Early first aid and basic stretchers old WD issue. No helmets and only one rope what would the Health and Safety Police say today?
Nowadays all the gear - what a change!

Nowadays all the gear – what a change!

 

The practice at the time was to organise ad-hoc rescue parties from station medical sections and other ground personnel.

 

 

Call out the early days

Call – out the early days.

These photos show how basic the gear was and if you read any history of Mountain Rescue in the UK the RAF Teams were heavily involved with locals and the early civilian teams. Incredible days.

Control vehicle with added room.

Ambulance/ Control vehicle with added room.

“The kit on the outside may have changed but underneath the heart and soul of the team remains the same.” Words from Wullie MacRitchie the ex RAF Lossiemouth Team Leader and how profound they are”

Two Star Red - Gwen Moffat

Two Star Red – Gwen Moffat – this gives a great insight into the early days of RAF  Mountain Rescue  what a book you may be lucky to get a copy if you look hard!

Nowadays there is only 1 RAF Team in Scotland at RAF Lossiemouth and two down South at RAF Leeming and RAF Valley in North Wales.

The Black Cloud.

The Black Cloud.

The Black Cloud provides an account of some of the Scottish mountain misadventures in the years 1928 – 1966. The book begins in the late 1920s when searches were made by shepherds, stalkers and as many able-bodied volunteers as could be mustered; it ends in the days when helicopters and trained mountain rescue teams had become available.

These were interesting times!

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More on Gannet Sea King Helicopters!

Many thanks for all the comments on the great work by the Royal Navy Sea kings it got my memory going of some past call -outs and I will write again before we lose them in January 2015. I also got some great photos for my article/tribute in late December.   So many comments this was one of the best:

Dave Green “‘Dit’ on the Brave boys of the RN mate. If it wasn’t for them I would not have worked with a great bunch of people at the ARCC. Some sad times, but most of all Good times, good colleagues, good friends and all the time Good professionals.”

Rescue 177 – This is a great wee book of the early days of Gannet SAR Flight  by a local Doctor who was with the Gannet Sea King as a crew member.  In the early days the Sea Kings had only basic medical care available on board unlike now with the incredible training and equipment by the crew. I look back and remember how basic things were compared with today. A huge improvement in patient care that we should all be proud of and so many lives saved a great legacy. Nowadays the helicopter is a front – line ambulance so much was learned from these early days.

Rescue 177 -

Rescue 177

Rescue 177: A Scots GP Flies Search and Rescue with the Royal Navy Paperback – 10 Aug 2002

Sea King in Glencoe.

Sea King in Glencoe. Early Rescue

by James A. Begg (Author)

In 1986, Jim Begg, an Ayrshire GP, was appointed as the Doctor for Search and Rescue at HMS Gannet, Prestwick – the second busiest rescue unit in the UK. His Sea King helicopter, call-sign Rescue 177, was the ‘front-line ambulance’ for Scottish islands, ships, fishing boats, and mountains. An interesting insight into the Royal Navy Sea King at Gannet.

Sea King with Killin MRT - Photo Bill Rose .

Sea King with Killin MRT – Photo Bill Rose .

 

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Royal Navy Sea Kings at Gannet (Prestwick) memories.

I was down in Ayr the other day and saw the wonderful  Sea King from Gannet (Prestwick Sea King) flying over the sea with a backdrop of the Isle of Arran.  Arran is a special place to me and Ayr is my home town and this is some place for my early memories on the these hills.  It was amazed how emotional I felt seeing the Sea King maybe for the last time flying above the town that means so much to me and these hills of Arran. As a member of the RAF Mountain Rescue for many years I was very privileged to work with the crews in the early days  of the Royal NavalSea King in the mid 80’s at RAF Leuchars and even went down a few times as the RAF Team Leader to give some advice for the oncoming winter.

Ben Nevis the RN Sea King in action.

Ben Nevis the RN Sea King in action.

These were busy times in SAR the late 80’s and it was a bit of work involved getting used to this different aircraft by Mountain Rescue Teams and as a military team we got asked to help..   We soon sorted things out and had a few adventures we did some extra training with each other. I hope this helped especially getting the crew some personal gear for the hills especially in winter! It is hard to believe that at this time crews flew in flying boots and basic aircrew gear. At times it was a hard process as there was some inter service rivalry hard to believe but true, in the end it did work out and we sorted out all the problems.      Over the years what an effect the Royal Navy Sea Kings have had in SAR, what a great asset and have added an extra dimension to SAR over the years. Scotland was never an easy place to work and how well the crews adapted to the changes in environment and change of task. I was also lucky to have had even more contact when I worked in the ARCC (Aeronautical Rescue Co Ordination Centre)  The Royal Navy SAR crews were great all over the UK and I had a great liaison with the crews they have some real  characters, many I now class as friends.   Many of their call –outs were in the mountains but they also covered the remote Islands great tales of adventure in these SAR incidents so many stories and tales.

Gannet-Crest

The Royal Navy Sea Kings leave Scotland Prestwick I think on the 31 Dec 2015 it will be a sad day for many and you cannot stand in the way of progress but what a bunch of people and a privilege to work with the Senior Service. I hope to do a piece in the blog to say farewell and I am looking for pictures of the Royal Navy Sea King in action any takers? It was a great joy to me to see the Sea King Flying on the Arran hills it meant so much to me and I will never forget some of the call outs with the crews.

This photo came from Arran Mountain Rescue Team by Ewan MacKinnon of Arran MRT.  This made my day getting this photo thank you Ewan magic.

This photo came from Arran Mountain Rescue Team by Ewan MacKinnon of Arran MRT. This made my day getting this photo thank you Ewan magic.

There were a few epics in Arrochar and the low level flight in bad weather to Barra for a plan crash was another of these and many more but I will shake the old memory to try and add to this when they leave in January next year, I will miss them. Great people, great professionals they taught me a lot.

 

Safe flying and take care!

 

HMS Gannet is a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm establishment based at RNAS Prestwick in Scotland that also hosts Gannet SAR Flight. It operates two from three Sea Kings Mk5 helicopters in the military and civilian SAR role across Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland. The crews cover an area from Ben Nevis in the north, the Isle Of Man and the Lake District to the south, east to Edinburgh, the Firth Of Forth and the Borders, west to Northern Ireland and extends 200 miles (320 km) west of Ireland over the north Atlantic, giving an operational area of approx. 98,000 square miles.

 

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Sorry for no blogs – down Drymen way!

I have been away on a golf week near Drymen and have had limited internet! I am becoming a bit of a internet fiend and need to take charge?  It was the best weather of the year but my golf was awful! Still not feeling great with continuing health problems and struggled on the last day despite having a golf buggy each day! Shameful but necessary!

We had great days and views of a magic area and the Campsies were the view along with Loch Lomond every day! Stunning scenery! The house was by the West Highland Way and every day we saw the iconic route with so many enjoying their Evetest ! They mainly had huge rucksacks and so many on their special journey through a bonnie place !

Myself and a great pal Ian from my Mountain Rescue Days shared the week and enjoyed it! The rest were pals from the RAF all mountaineers and most of us are feeling the ravages of years in the mountains! Ian eyesite and mine made it an interesting game by the time we found Ian’s I forgot where mine was!
Poor Ian was in the tragic helicopter crash on Ben More many years ago when his pal and the Killin MRT Teamleader was killed . Ian suffered horrendous injuries but lived to fight another day he is a special man a Highland policeman who is a great companion!

It does make you think. That we are so lucky to have lived life to the full and still be moaning about our current health issues!

When your young you never think of how you treat that machine your body ! So take care and enjoy life but look after that body but you will never forget the great days and the companions of these fantastic years!

I had a great visit from another pal from my Mountain Rescue days  Bob Sharp and he kindly brought me his latest book on Search and Rescue Dogs SARDA which I will review soon! Bob was the secretary of the then Scottish Mountain Rescue Committee when I was Chairman and even then the Politics of MR were interesting ! We had some incredible memories of these times!

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“Man’s inhumanity to Man” What can we do?

What can I say after seeing the photos of a dead baby Syrian refugee carried of a Turkish beach by a Policeman what a tragedy and what a mess we are in.  It is a picture that shocks and should shame the world.  The tragedy goes on and no leaders emerge, with solutions or assistance. Much of it is blamed on terrible foreign policy, oil greed and the chase of the $ and £. Few of the Arabs countries with their huge wealth like Saudi Arabia help and it seems it is no ones problem.  We engage in war and then walk away and the tragedy continues. It is an ongoing scenario, never-ending it is like the scenes from the end of the second world war and the huge refugee crisis that occurred.

 

Many who read this blog spent time in Mountain Rescue or the Emergency Services, we spent at times days looking for someone we never knew? Huge resources of time, manpower and money are involved at times in looking for  lost souls. Yet every day the photos and reports get worse, the tragedy continues and our personal problems seem so insignificant.

I have seen some sights in my life, tragic poverty in Pakistan, Tibet and India on my travels to the great mountain Ranges but never seen anything like this and I am at a loss what will happen. When are the world leaders going to emerge with solutions if there are any?

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I wonder?

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Comments –  Lyndon Jones “I don’t think in the present circumstances where people quite genuinely are felling like myself horrified at the scene yesterday of that poor child on the beach in Turkey; and quite frankly I hope I never become desensitized to such images.
Howe
ver you make many valid points. I don’t think everyone would disagree that this Country is in one hell of a mess, but you end your post with your vision for the U.K. How long will that take, how many children will die before we are in a position to help.
I don’t think that this humanitarian problem can or should be our soul responsibility, as you say Arabian Countries with plenty of money seem to be the last place that refugees seem to want too go for help. Surly there is some kind of organisation of the major powers in the world (granted thay may have coursed the problem) that can in some way put some kind of organized response to the increasing problem. Maybe I am just dreaming but I was born with a conscience…..”

Dave Greensill – What the hell is the United Nations for if we can’t make safe area’s for these people in their own country. Where are the blue helmeted troops?

Lyndon Jones –  “Dave that was the organisation I was thinking about, unfortunately I have had a few Strokes’ that I have recovered well from but sometimes I can’t for the life of me think of some simple names est. Yes surely this organisation could broker some deal between the nations they seem to organise wars and military sanctions on a prity regular basis….”

Bill Rose  – “Would you set off in a dinghy if your city was getting blasted to rubble. Yes you would. They are victims of a policy that will not let countries determine their own future, and try and impose western style democracy for our benefit and access to their oil and minerals”

Pete Ross  – Bill, bang on. Why did they not ask for asylum in Turkey? When they get to Hungary why did they not ask for asylum there instead of rioting unless they get to Germany. Why aren’t Arab countries on the borders of the conflict taking in any refugees? Why aren’t large numbers of those refugees prepared to be processed and identified? Unfortunately, this country is on the verge of serious civil unrest and our population density is the greatest in Europe. We should have shelter for genuine refugees always. However, we have a significant amount of our own ‘citizens’ who are hell-bent in destroying us and our culture to expand their notional Caliphate – we don’t need any more they should go to brother Muslim countries. Sarkozy and Cameron gloried in the fall of Libya now Europe reaps the whirlwind. Cameron is a traitor like Blair and he’ll capitulate to Merkel’s orders soon enough. As always the children suffer and it’s heart- breaking. But as ISIS was a monster deliberately created to overthrow Assad by the West, expect more of the same, look what these vile pieces of excrement are doing to women and kids. But because they’re fighting Assad – a Russian ally- we have a muted response. We now have Ukraine kicking off again; another conflict created by the meddling West this time the evil EU. Also, the BBC didn’t exactly indulge in much hand-wringing when the kids of Rotherham were being abused. Nor did that disingenuous ‘house-flipper’ Yvette Cooper. Now she’s all over it now there’s a leadership contest. Let’s sort our own country out first; get our armed forces up to scratch; kick out the terrorists and criminals who have raped and killed and abused our system but can’t be removed because of ”Human Rights.’ Then we can begin the trials for treason. As for Germany they can ……. off!!

 

 

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