Drones to the res­cue in Lochaber

The Oban Times - - News -

LOCHABER Moun­tain Res­cue team (LMR) has been us­ing drones to search for in­jured or lost climbers.

The Fort Wil­liam-based team used the tech­nol­ogy twice last week.

A drone was de­ployed dur­ing the search for a lost climber on the Long Climb and an in­jured walker on Sgur á Bhuic in Glen Nevis.

A team spokesper­son said: ‘On Sgurr á Bhuic, we had a fe­male with leg in­juries. The drone was de­ployed to lo­cate the ca­su­alty, as there was no phone sig­nal in the lo­ca­tion, so the stretcher party could go straight to the ca­su­alty. While out in Glen Nevis, we used the drone to search se­lected ar­eas and pho­to­graph. Soft­ware al­lows us to stitch to­gether the pho- tographs and we can then cre­ate a 3D im­age which al­lows us to vis­ually check the ar­eas cov­ered by the drone at base.’

The area LMR searched was the po­ten­tial lo­ca­tion for miss­ing walk­ers Eric Cyl and Tom Brown.

Eric Cyl, 62, from Eng­land, was last seen in May 2015 head­ing off the Mamore moun­tain range near Fort Wil­liam.

Tom Brown, 65, has also been miss­ing since 2015. His ruck­sack and con­tents were found about 1km east of Steall Falls, Glen Nevis.

The team spokesper­son said use of the drone is now stan­dard pro­ce­dure, when con­di­tions al­low, with two mem­bers al­ready trained in its op­er­a­tion.

Lochaber Moun­tain Res­cue team has been us­ing drones.

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