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Rescue teams find tourists
Cairngorm mountains
The pair had been missing overnight
Rescuers have located two Dutch tourists missing overnight in the Cairngorm mountains.

The women, aged 25 and 26, were discovered just after 1000 BST at Loch Einich.

They had become lost in treacherous terrain and were believed to have had little experience and inadequate equipment.

Grampian Police said one of the women had been flown by helicopter to Cairngorm mountain rescue centre at Coylumbridge and the other was coming out over land.

A spokesman said the pair had spent the night outside at Loch Einich and the younger of the two had set out in the morning to find help because the 26-year-old had blisters on her feet and could not walk.

They were fortunate that conditions were reasonably mild otherwise the situation could have been much worse
Grampian Police spokesman

He said the 25-year-old found a track which led to a gamekeeper's house on the Rothiemurchus Estate and the gamekeeper alerted the police.

A helicopter flew to the loch and took the woman who stayed behind to the mountain rescue centre where she was reunited with her friend who was driven there by police.

The spokesman said: "They didn't require hospital treatment. They were offered the services of a doctor but declined."

He added: "They were fortunate that conditions were reasonably mild otherwise the situation could have been much worse.

"You should not underestimate the Scottish Highlands. They aren't as high as mountain ranges in other parts of the world. Nevertheless they can be extremely dangerous."

Mountain pass

The alarm was raised after the two women failed to turn up at their youth hostel on Saturday night.

The rescue operation involved several mountain rescue teams as well as the police.

The pair set off from Linn of Dee at 0800 BST on Saturday to walk through the Lairig Ghru mountain pass.

But they failed to turn up at the Cairngorm youth hostel on the shores of Loch Morlich at 1900 BST as planned.

Police suspect they may have missed the mountain pass because two women matching their description were seen in a different place.

The spokesman said the search had been joined by a helicopter from RAF Kinross, plus officers from Grampian and Tayside Police.

BBC Scotland's Alexandra Mackenzie
"They became disorientated"

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