Woman airlifted to hospital after fall
Hill walker suffered fractured leg and ankle
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