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Operations 2009

04 January 2009. A solo male hillwalker on the Attadale - Achintee path fell and sustained a shoulder injury. He was found after a search of an area south of Glen Shiel. Helicopter evacuation. 

12-13 March 2009. A solo male hillwalker was reported overdue. He was found after a search of an area south of Glen Shiel. Assisted by Glenelg MRT, Kinloss MRT, and Police Dogs. The casualty was evacuated to hospital by a Coastguard helicopter from Stornoway. STV news article. 




11 April 2009. Two team members returning from setting up a training exercise assisted police dealing with a road traffic collision near Shiel Bridge. Guided in RAF rescue helicopter for casualty evacuation. 

03 May 2009. A search for vulnerable female missing in Plockton area. Found deceased by Coastguard. 

23 July 2009. A hillwalking party of one male and one female reported overdue on the Five Sisters of Kintail in the early morning. The party returned unharmed later in the day. 

14 August 2009. A solo 15 year old male on a long distance walk was using a SPOT device for safety backup. After lack of signal, a search was conducted. Found safe and well at a bothy.  

In steep sided glens, such as those routinely found in Kintail, only a small portion of sky may be visible. This means that satellite devices, including GPS, PLB and SPOT, may not work in the manner normally expected at sea or on open plains. 
Additional difficulties arise at these higher latitudes (57 North) due to the type of satellite constellation used with some systems. Emergency communications and position fixes may take longer to establish. Devices that transmit signals for short periods may not be detected. Satellite devices will always be more reliable on summits and high ridges.   

28 August 2009. Concerns arose about a solo male hillwalker who had left his car in Glen Shiel. Team on standby.  The person returned safe and well. 

29 August 2009. Concerns arose about a hillwalker who had left a rucksack unattended near Allt Beithe. Upon investigation, it was found that the rucksack had been there for some time and no further action was necessary. 

02 September 2009. A solo male hillwalker, overdue and disorientated in the dark on the Five Sisters of Kintail, called Ratagan YH for help. The call could not be returned because the hillwalker had moved and there was no phone signal.  Walked off unaided and unhurt in the morning. 

26 September 2009. A motorist from Kyle spotted a light on the hill while driving through Glen Shiel. This turned out to be that of a lone male hillwalker who had fallen and had head and leg injuries. Evacuated by RAF helicopter. 

4, 5, 10 October 2009. Kintail assisted Skye MRT in the search for a lone missing walker on wooded hillsides near the Kinloch Lodge on Skye.  Northern Constabulary Press Release 1   Northern Constabulary Press Release 2    Northern Constabulary Press Release 3  

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