New ve­hi­cles for res­cuers

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

Two new snow­mo­biles have been do­nated to a busy moun­tain res­cue team that pa­trol the icy Cairn­gorms – af­ter they were bought in er­ror by an oil firm.

A pro­longed win­ter saw the Cairn­gorm Moun­tain Res­cue Team scram­bled many times – of­ten in thick snow and bliz­zard con­di­tions, on some of the coun­try’s high­est peaks.

With an area that cov­ers the North­ern Cairn­gorms, Ben Alder and ar­eas of Mon­adhliath Moun­tains, to the east side of Loch Ness, the snow­mo­biles’ will now be a vi­tal added tool for the res­cuers.

They have been do­nated by Aberdeen com­pany Osprey3 in un­usual cir­cum­stances.

Wil­lie Anderson, leader of Cairn­gorm Moun­tain Res­cue Team, said: “They bought these two brand-new snow­mo­biles but then re­alised they did not re­quire them af­ter all.

“As a re­sult of this er­ror they de­cided to do­nate them to our moun­tain res­cue team.

“It re­ally is an amaz­ingly kind ges­ture they have made. We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to have re­ceived the key to these ma­chines.”

Mr Anderson added: “Where we dis­cover the lo­ca­tion of a vic­tim who has suf­fered trauma, speed is of­ten of huge im­por­tance.”

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