New vehicles for rescuers
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.”