Woman air­lifted to hos­pi­tal after fall

Hill walker suf­fered frac­tured leg and an­kle

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Robert Fairnie

A 37-year-old woman was air­lifted to hos­pi­tal at the week­end with a sus­pected bro­ken leg after fall­ing while walk­ing in the Ochils.

The hill walker was part of a small group on their way down from Ben Ever at Wood Hill, near Dol­lar, when she slipped and sus­tained a painful in­jury around 3pm on Sun­day.

Po­lice were con­tacted and of­fi­cers called on vol­un­teers from Ochils Moun­tain Res­cue Team for as­sis­tance. About 15 mem­bers rushed to the scene – lo­cat­ing the stricken woman on the hill be­fore dark­ness set in.

The Scot­tish Char­ity Air Am­bu­lance, He­limed 76, fol­lowed shortly af­ter­wards and the woman was stretchered on-board and taken to Ninewells Hos­pi­tal in Dundee for treat­ment to leg and an­kle in­juries.

Moun­tain res­cue vol­un­teers then ac­com­pa­nied the re­main­der of the walk­ing party off the hill and to safety.

Kevin Mitchell, team leader with Ochils Moun­tain Res­cue Team, said: “They man­aged to land the air am­bu­lance just a few hun­dred me­tres away from the scene which was a big help. It saved the vol­un­teers and in­jured lady a long jour­ney down the hill on a stretcher.

“It was a good ex­am­ple of the dif­fer­ent teams work­ing to­gether and in part­ner­ship. The he­limed is a fan­tas­tic re­source and, given the time of day and the fact dark­ness was start­ing to draw in, it proved re­ally help­ful.

“We wish the lady a speedy re­cov­ery and would like to thank the air am­bu­lance for their as­sis­tance.”

It is un­der­stood that the woman, who is from the Cum­ber­nauld area, re­quired surgery to a frac­tured leg and an­kle.

Mr Mitchell added: “The lady who was in­jured and the oth­ers in the group were all well-pre­pared for the con­di­tions. It just seems to have been a com­plete ac­ci­dent.”

The Ob­server re­ported on Fri­day that moun­tain res­cue teams were is­su­ing ad­vice on how walk­ers can stay safe on the hills dur­ing the win­ter time.

Walk­ers are urged to pre­pare for change­able weather, and dark nights, prior to go­ing out – while con­sid­er­ing leav­ing early for their walk and re­turn­ing home early.

Peo­ple are also be­ing en­cour­aged to en­sure they pack a sur­vival kit com­pris­ing es­sen­tials such as a head­torch, com­pass and map along with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy on their smart­phone in­clud­ing OS Lo­cate.

Bill Rose, leader at Killin Moun­tain Res­cue, said: “It’s now well into win­ter on the hills and peo­ple should be pre­pared for that.

“Any­one go­ing out should make sure they have ad­di­tional cloth­ing as you can get cold very quickly – es­pe­cially if you have been forced to stop and are not mov­ing.

“And while it might not be snow­ing on the ground, the ground can be frozen higher up so peo­ple should be aware of that.”

Res­cue He­limed 76 lands on hill­side near Dol­lar to as­sist stricken walker

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