Ach­nacarry man gets OBE for moun­tain res­cue work

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

Ach­nacarry res­i­dent and HM Coast­guard Area Com­man­der Jonathan Hart says he is de­lighted to re­ceive an OBE for his vol­un­tary work with Lochaber Moun­tain Res­cue Team.

He was one of four peo­ple in the Lochaber, Skye and West­ern Is­lands to fea­ture in the New Year's Honours List.

The oth­ers were Sher­iff Colin Scott Macken­zie DL, of Lewis, who gets an OBE for ser­vices to com­mu­ni­ties in the West­ern and North­ern isles; Dun­can MacInnes, cre­ative di­rec­tor of Skye Events for All (SEALL) who gets an MBE for ser­vices to the arts and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment on Skye, and Mairi Le­vack of North Uist who gets the BEM.

Mr Hart has served with the moun­tain res­cue team for more than 20 years. The role has seen him travel across the world, spe­cial­is­ing in avalanche res­cue and tech­ni­cal rope res­cue tech­niques.

He says the vol­un­tary work he does ben­e­fits his day­time job as an area com­man­der re­spon­si­ble for 18 HM Coast­guard search and res­cue teams, all made up of vol­un­teers.

His re­ac­tion to re­ceiv­ing the award is one of de­light but his re­sponse is typ­i­cal of all those who vol­un­teer, a re­minder of the other sup­port that re­ally mat­ters.

He said: ‘I need to thank my part­ner Emma for sup­port­ing me. In ad­di­tion, no in­di­vid­ual award can be made with­out recog­nis­ing that any ma­jor search and res­cue is a team ef­fort.

‘For that rea­son, I need to recog­nise and thank my Lochaber Moun­tain Res­cue Team col­leagues for be­ing al­ways there for peo­ple in dis­tress in the moun­tains on the west coast of Scot­land and for whom I re­ceive this award on be­half of.'

Sher­iff Macken­zie said he too was sur­prised and de­lighted to be hon­oured with an OBE. ‘It is al­ways de­light­ful to re­ceive a pat on the back how­ever de­served (or other­wise) that might be – be­ing all too aware that there are so many oth­ers far bet­ter en­ti­tled to the recog­ni­tion than am I – but it is a pleas­ant sit­u­a­tion to be in none­the­less,' he told the Lochaber Times.

The cre­ative di­rec­tor of per­form­ing arts pro­mo­tion char­ity SEALL Dun­can MacInnes came to live in Sleat as a young adult.

This is the third time he has been recog­nised for his ser­vices to the com­mu­nity and per­form­ing arts.

‘I am de­lighted to re­ceive this hon­our and am grate­ful to those in the com­mu­nity that made it hap­pen. It is won­der­ful to be re­warded for some­thing I thor­oughly en­joy do­ing,' he said.

‘I am dou­bly pleased the ci­ta­tion cov­ers the arts and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, re­fer­ring to a pre­vi­ous ex­is­tence. I am but one of many, so raise a glass to all ru­ral arts pro­mot­ers and all coun­try­side rangers.'

Jonathan Hart re­ceives the OBE for his ser­vices to Lochaber Moun­tain Res­cue Team.

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