Res­cue team has busiest year ever

The Oban Times - - News -

A RES­CUE from the sum­mit of Ben Ne­vis at the week­end has seen Lochaber Moun­tain Res­cue Team (LMRT) hit 99 call­outs in their busiest year ever.

The vol­un­teers helped a 22-year- old man when gales blew him over, caus­ing him to hurt his an­kle on Sun­day.

An un­usu­ally busy few months for LMRT has been at­trib­uted to poor weather this sum­mer, see­ing the team clock up their usual an­nual quota of 100 res­cues in just eight months.

With win­ter on its way there is no sign of the res­cues slow­ing down but team leader, John Steven­son, isn’t wor­ried about money run­ning out.

He said: ‘ We’re al­ways look­ing for money. We al­ways have to keep spend­ing be­cause clothes and gear wear out very quickly, es­pe­cially when we’re as busy as we have been.

‘It’s a dou­ble- edged sword be­cause we ob­vi­ously wish we weren’t this busy, but when we’re busy, peo­ple are more aware of us and what we’re do­ing, so that helps with do­na­tions.’

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