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Mountain rescue teams in Skye stretched by multiple calls

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Skye Mountain Rescue Team has had one of its busiest periods of the year after six call outs in a week.

In 24 hours from Wednesday to Thursday alone there were three shouts and two casualties successfully rescued.

Two of the calls came within 10 minutes of each other, splitting the teams between the north and south of the island.

The first came for a casualty who had “a serious fall whilst descending Sgurr Mhic Choinnich.”

The second operation was for a woman “with a lower leg injury” on the Quiraing in the north leading to dual rescues.

Skye Mountain Rescue Team Leader Gerry Akroyd said: “We just asked for a helicopter and then we got another call within 10 minutes. So, we had teams at the north and south of the island.”

Further complicating the rescues were problems locating both casualties due to weather and scant information.

The text message that raised the alarm in the north simply said the casualty was lying just off a footpath.

Mr Akroyd said: “The message was relayed through Dundee and came back to us where we tried to decipher it with the police.

“One of the mountain rescue team lived in that area near Staffin. All we had to go on was 400 yards from the footpath but there are three.”

The Stornoway helicopter was eventually able to uplift the woman from Sgurr Mhic Choinnich during a break in the cloud and took her to Raigmore hospital in Inverness.

Mr Akroyd was grateful for that saying “otherwise we would have been out all night trying to get them down.”

The second casualty was stretchered down with the assistance of passers-by because the team numbers were low due to the twin operations.

On top of those rescues there were four call outs last week from Wednesday to Friday for German, Czech and British people in difficulties.

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