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Girlfriend's text helped climbers

Cairngorm MRT vehicle
Cairngorm MRT had 21 members involved in the search

The girlfriend of one two men who spent a night in atrocious weather conditions in the Cairngorms sent them a text urging them to dig a snow hole.

Chef Marcus Scott, 29, and a 22-year-old from Inverness - were found on Thursday morning safe and well.

Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team's Willie Anderson said it was believed the text urged them to dig in and stay put.

The pair did not manage to excavate a snow hole, but found shelter from the wind behind a rock.

Mountain rescue teams, search dogs and the RAF were involved in searches for the pair in the Highlands.


Willie Anderson of Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team tells BBC Scotland's James Cook that the climbers were lucky to have survived

They were spotted by an RAF helicopter crew at about 1100 GMT.

The men were airlifted to Glenmore Lodge outdoor training centre, near Aviemore. It is not known if they required medical attention.

Police said Mr Scott is a chef who works in Aviemore. His companion, who is from Inverness, asked not to be identified.

Northern Constabulary said: "Police can confirm that two men reported missing in the Cairngorms last night have been found.

"They were picked up a short time ago on the hill by Rescue 137 from Kinloss. The men are both alive but their condition is not known at this time."

Concerned family members raised the alarm on Wednesday night after they failed to return from their trip as planned. The Highlands experienced heavy snow falls and freezing temperatures overnight.

An earlier attempt by the RAF helicopter crew to join Thursday morning's search was thwarted by bad weather.

Those involved in the search included members of Strathclyde Police Mountain Rescue Team, who were training in the area, along with 21 members of Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, 10 from RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team and four Search and Rescue Dog Association dogs and their handlers.

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