KINTAIL MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM

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Operations 2004

January 2004: The team was called out on the evening of the second of January. A search was organised for a missing family, as described in the press cutting shown below.

There were 8 of them and they were not lost on an icy ridge but the press cutting is pretty accurate on the rest. They had no torch and set off on a 18 mile walk at midday. The weather was cold and misty with snow showers and conditions underfoot were poor with ice and wet snow. Their route was from Morvich to Cluanie which involves climbing over 300m over the Allt Grannda and maintaining this altitude past Camban Bothy to Glen Affric Youth Hostel. Fortunately for them, an outbuilding was open enabling them to get much needed shelter.

Please BE PROPERLY EQUIPPED FOR WINTER CONDITIONS.

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October 2004: Air crash, G-YWIG. A Highland Airways Cessna F406, with one person on board, crashed on the southern slopes of Seana Bhraigh. Several teams, both civilian and RAF, were deployed in the area around the last radar contact to search for the aircraft and its pilot.

Teams assembled at the Aultguish Inn beside Loch Glascarnoch and deployed by helicopter.

 

Kintail wait to deploy by helicopter

A Coastguard helicopter lands to pick up the teams

Line searches were done across the area. Kintail searched from the west and Dundonnel searched from the east, moving towards each other. They met on the ridge running south from Seana Bhraigh and, just as they met, a Dundonnel team member came upon the wreckage.

An Air Accident Investigation Board report is available.

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