Some of the Team undertaking a transformational leadership course at the Blairgowrie base a couple of weeks ago…
Some Team Members visited Viewlands Primary School in Perth. The pupil’s from Primary 5 have been looking at the work of emergency services, and TMRT showed them our stretcher, patient packaging and Team Land Rover…
Team Members have been ‘out and about’ over the past few weeks doing talks and presentations to various schools, volunteer groups and other organisations.
First up is PSYV Arbroath:
Our training session on the night was a bit of a treat for all the hard work put in over the past few weeks. PC Morgan’s mountain rescue colleague Calum Black from SARDA Southern (Search and Rescue Dog Association)/Tayside Mountain Rescue came and spoke to the group about the voluntary work he carries out with his dog, on behalf of Police, to help find people lost in the mountains as well as other rural and urban areas of Scotland.
We found out about how his dog ‘Dochas’ uses air scent to find people, how the dogs are trained and what happens when there is a call-out.
We also got to meet Calum’s new dog ‘Gorm’ – I think he has a few new fans!!
A large search today involving rescue teams from Cairngorm, Dundonnell, Oban, Skye, Sarda South and Lochaber. Unfortunately still no sign of Rachel and Tim.
A …lot of time spent searching and probing avalanche debris in various locations. Cairngorm had a metal detector. Some of the team climbed Tower Ridge and looked into top of some of climbs on East Flank. The three SARDA dogs covered a lot of ground and supported teams when probing to see if any scent was released.
Ben Nevis stunning today with lots of climber with most of the classic routes getting a lot of traffic.
Rachel’s family have been overwhelmed by the response and the kind thoughts posted from all over the world and are very grateful. They were able to see the effort going into search first hand.
Above are a few pictures from the latest search.
Recently we had a visit from “Dottie the Dalmation”. Dottie travels the country and her adventures are then documented in a fortnightly newsletter sent to seriously ill and disabled children. Above are some of the photos taken while “Dottie” visited our Blairgowrie Base.
Sadly conditions on Ben Nevis are preventing us from going out to look for Rachel and Tim. We managed to get R951 as a small window in the weather allowed an aerial search which unfortunately did not find anything.
Please keep forwarding in case there is someone who met/talked to/saw Rachel and Tim on either Saturday or Sunday.
While R951 was here, we received another call out for a reported avalanche on Creag Mheagaidh. The team were able to respond immediately with assistance of R951 who managed to get the team members to the location of the incident within 10 minutes of the call coming in. The incident was on the Sash/Pantomime area of the inner corrie. The picture shows the size and location of incident. Unfortunately, one of the casualties is a fatality and the other is seriously injured in the Belford hospital.
Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team was assisted by Glencoe MR, Cairngorm MR, Glenmore Lodge MR as well as R951 with a total of 67 rescuers and one dog from Lochaber.
We also had a small report of an overdue in Glendessary which fortunately was a well intentioned shout.
If you are intending to go out please check out the SAIS web page as conditions are challenging.
The committee of Aberfeldy Highland Ball chose Tayside Mountain Rescue as their 2015 charity. Members of the Association attended the Charity Ball in December, and this week, Lesley Anderson (committee member); Susan Russell (Vice President); and Richard Graham (President) were presented with a cheque for £4005 by the AHB organising committee. A fantastic amount and thanks go to all who contributed, from donating raffle prizes to buying tickets…much appreciated…
Some of the Team are just back from this weekend’s national avalanche training course…excellent learning especially the night exercise (photo: Calum Miller) and big thanks to Braemar Mountain Rescue for hosting the event…photo shows a parachute flare lighting up the avalanche tip…