Res­cuers hit out at walk­ers with no map

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RES­CUERS who helped two walk­ers in “ex­cep­tion­ally windy” con­di­tions have re­vealed the mis­sion was the third in a row where those in­volved had no map or com­pass. Mem­bers of the Cairn­gorm and Brae­mar moun­tain res­cue teams, pic­tured, were scram­bled yes­ter­day evening, af­ter two peo­ple were re­ported miss­ing near Ben Mac­dui in the Cairn­gorms. Wil­lie An­der­son, the leader of Cairn­gorm moun­tain res­cue team, said searchers had to cope with 100mph winds and poor in­for­ma­tion from the miss­ing walk­ers. He said the pair had parked their car and set off for Ben Mac­dui, us­ing mo­bile phones for guid­ance, but had de­cided to turn back when they were un­able to reach the moun­tain. Mr An­der­son said they “must have done a 180-de­gree turn again” as they tried to make their way back, be­fore be­ing found by mem­bers of the Brae­mar team at about 11pm last night, six hours af­ter they had been re­ported miss­ing. Mr An­der­son said: “That’s the third res­cue we’ve had in a row on Ben Mac­dui where no one in the group has had a map or com­pass, and given the pub­lic­ity that it gets we just can’t un­der­stand why folk think they can ven­ture up there us­ing a mo­bile phone. Po­lice con­trol had some con­tact with them in­ter­mit­tently and they were try­ing to give de­scrip­tions of where they were, but none of it made any sense to us or the Brae­mar team, who also had a group out look­ing for them.” Asked if teams found it frus­trat­ing, Mr An­der­son said: “That one was be­gin­ning to get to us, there is only so much you can do with very lim­ited in­for­ma­tion. Our guys were up in the dark last night, the wind was a steady 70mph... re­ally early on it was 100mph. It was very, very dif­fi­cult be­cause they had no map and no com­pass.”

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