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Rush of rescues for mountain team
Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team
Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team working the RAF on a rescue
A Highland mountain rescue team has recorded one of its busiest ever periods, with nine call-outs in the past three weeks.

Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT) said unseasonably bad weather had caused a number of the incidents.

The 40-member team was requested to help fallen climbers, search for missing people and recover a body.

The team draws its volunteers from Dundonnell, as well as Ullapool and Gairloch.

The nine rescues were:

  • 27 May - DMRT spent the night searching routes up to the Sgurr Breac summit with the aid of the RAF search and rescue helicopter after a walker was reported missing in the Fannich mountain range. The walker was found safe early the next morning.

  • 29 May - Team members assisted in the medivac of a fallen rock climber at Reiff north of Ullapool. The female climber suffered serious leg injuries and was flown to hospital by Coastguard helicopter.

  • 29 May - DMRT helped the ambulance service and Coastguard in evacuating a male casualty who fell on rocks near Aultbea.

  • 1 June - A female casualty was rescued after injuring her leg close to Redpoint Beach near Gairloch.

  • 6 June - The team searched for a missing person near Tain. He was found in woodland safe and well.

  • 12 June - A man who broke his leg on the summit of An Teallach was stretchered to the team's base.

  • 17 June - DMRT were asked to assist Assynt MRT to search for a man who had failed to return from fishing in hill lochs near Scourie, north of Ullapool. He was found early in the morning and was taken to Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, by Coastguard helicopter.

  • 18 June - Police asked for help recovering a body found on the Mellon Udrigle peninsula

  • 18 June - Two missing walkers who had set out from Rubha Reidh Lighthouse were traced to Midtown, Inverasdale, tired but well.

    Donald MacRae, team leader, said: "DMRT covers a massive area of lowland and mountainous terrain that includes many remote areas.

    "The last few weeks show that DMRT works well with other emergency rescue services to assist our community.

    "DMRT is a 999 service and this is the best way to reach us."

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