VIDEO: Watch the moment coastguard helicopter finds lost skiers in the Cairngorms

The moment rescue teams found two missing skiers in the Cairngorms has been captured on camera.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency shared the footage which shows the Inverness Coastguard helicopter locating the pair.

The alarm was raised just before 10.30pm last night after the two skiers sent a text to one of their family members asking them to call the mountain rescue teams after they realised they were lost when night fell.

The HM Coastguard’s ARCC (Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre) received a request for assistance from Police Scotland and Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team to help in the search.

The helicopter, based at Inverness, carried out a large sweep of Cairngorm mountain and Ben Macdui which is where the skiers where thought to have been. Due to bad weather coming in they had to halt their search just after 1am but were airborne again just after 6.30am at first light. Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team were also carrying out a massive search of the area.

At around 7.40am the helicopter found the skiers safe and well, albiet a little cold, and winched them onboard to safety. They did not require medical treatment and were airlifted to the Mountain Rescue base to warm up.