A mountain rescue team has criticised a “total abuse of resources” after they walked 16 miles through blizzards for a man with a sore tendon.
The Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, with help from their counterparts in Tayside, were scrambled to reports of an injured walker between Ben Alder Lodge and Ben Alder Cottage on the edge of the Cairngorms at around 5.45pm yesterday.
The team tweeted it could be a “long night” because the difficult weather conditions meant there was no aircraft support available.
After more than six hours of searching the Cairngorm MRT tweeted to say the walker had been located safely.
Today they return to social media to outline the risks of their volunteer service.
They said: “We rarely criticise but this was [sic] total abuse of our resources.
“He was found in the bothy with his mates in their sleeping bags. We walked 26k in very poor weather to find him.”
Thanks for your good wishes re last night's rescue. We rarely criticise but this was total abuse of our resources. He was found in the bothy with his mates in their sleeping bags. We walked 26k in very poor weather to find him. He said he had a sore tendon!. Oh well!
— Cairngorm MRT (@cairngorm_mrt) January 14, 2020