2 teens in hill drama

Res­cued from Ben Ledi

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff reporter

Two teenagers from Ruther­glen were at the cen­tre of a dra­matic moun­tain res­cue last week.

The pair, who have not been named, be­came stranded in the Trossachs dur­ing bad weather on Satur­day, April 2.

Killin Moun­tain Res­cue Team rushed to the aid of the hillwalkers af­ter they found them­selves lost in mist and wet weather con­di­tions on Ben Ledi, near Cal­lan­der, at around 6pm.

Vol­un­teers con­ducted a sweep search and a male and fe­male, both 19, were fi­nally lo­cated safe and well at 9.30pm.

They were then evac­u­ated from the moun­tain by an all-ter­rain-ve­hi­cle and re­turned to their car, wet but un­hurt, around an hour later.

A spokesper­son for Killin Moun­tain Res­cue Team said: “They had been caught out by a sud­den change in weather.

“Af­ter speak­ing to them, the team iden­ti­fied the area they were stranded in and a sweep search lo­cated them safe and well.

“They [ the hillwalkers] did the right thing. Vis­i­bil­ity was very poor and the area to the north of Ben Ledi is dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate in mist with­out a map and com­pass.

“They called for help and re­mained where they were un­til help ar­rived.”

The spokesper­son added: “Smart­phone bat­ter­ies can fail very quickly – es­pe­cially in the cold.

“It is good prac­tice to have one per­son in a party switch their phone off to be avail­able should an emer­gency arise on a trek.”

In­spec­tor Gerry McMen­emy of Cal­lan­der Po­lice said: “We had a re­port of two hillwalkers lost on Ben Ledi in poor weather con­di­tions.

“Killin Moun­tain Res­cue Team car­ried out a search and res­cue op­er­a­tion and lo­cated the hillwalkers and re­turned them to safety.

“On be­half of the po­lice, I would like to say that we are com­pletely ap­pre­cia­tive of the self­less as­sis­tance of vol­un­teers from Killin Moun­tain Res­cue Team.”

Ben Ledi is 879 m (2884 ft) high and is clas­si­fied as a ‘Cor­bett’. It was men­tioned in Sir Wal­ter Scott’s fa­mous in­ter­pre­ta­tion of The Lady in the Lake.

Do you know the folk who had to be res­cued?

Get in touch by email­ing news@ ruther­glen­re­former.co.uk or by call­ing 01698 205135.

Smart­phone bat­ter­ies can fail quickly

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