Res­cue team finds hill walker’s body

The Oban Times - - News -

THE BODY of a hill walker who failed to re­turn from a trek in Lochaber has been found.

A search was launched by Lochaber Moun­tain Res­cue Team (LMRT) for Ian Bell, 60, from Hert­ford­shire, af­ter he went miss­ing in Carn mor Dearg on Mon­day.

The search for Mr Bell was among a num­ber of res­cue oper­a­tions launched this week.

On Sun­day, the team had three res­cues, in­clud­ing that of a moun­tain biker with head in­juries on Aonach Mor and three 15-year- old girls on the Sgurr of Eigg, one of whom had a bro­ken an­kle.

In an un­planned res­cue, the team also came across a fe­male ca­su­alty at Tor­ri­don when they were di­verted north on the way to Eigg. In what has re­port­edly been LMRT’s busiest year to date the team has res­cued 96 peo­ple so far.

A spokesman for LMRT said: ‘We would like to thank all the em­ploy­ers of Fort Wil­liam who al­low team mem­bers to at­tend res­cues as with­out their un­der­stand­ing we would not be able to func­tion at the level we now find our­selves at. In par­tic­u­lar, we thank all the team mem­bers who give up all their time freely, as where we are now is well be­yond what would nor­mally be ex­pected of vol­un­teers.’

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