Oban MRT was called out yesterday at 3.15 pm to search for a light aircraft reported missing over the hills north of Glen Kinglass. This followed the earlier deployment of Oban Lifeboat to search Loch Etive and the slopes of the hills visible below the low cloud base. An advance party including the Team Leader drove to a an elevated position on the track overlooking Ardmaddy at the entrance to Glen Kinglass known from experience to provide the best VHF and mobile coverage in an area where communications are very difficult. Meanwhile five team members were airlifted from the Police command position at Inverawe Smokery by the Royal Navy Sea King Rescue 177, which had been carrying out a low-level search of the hills. The group was dropped on the hill after a hover-taxi up into the cloud at a point east of the summit of Beinn nan Lus (709m) in the area where the aircraft was believed to have gone down and started a line search up to the summit and on the slopes to the west.
As members of Arrochar and Strathpol MRT’s arrived to join the search they were deployed in groups of 5 by R177 to a range of positions east of Beinn nan Lus. Further Oban MRT members made their way onto the hill west of Beinn nan Lus from Gen Kinglass. At about 8.00 pm the Oban team located the wreckage of the aircraft and the bodies of the two people on board. They stayed at the scene until a group of five Police MRT arrived to secure the site at 11.30 pm, and made their way off the hill to Glen Kinglass where a vehicle had been positioned. Home at 2.00am.
All our thoughts are with the casualties and with their families at this time of great distress.
Second weekend in a row the team was called out. This time to Beinn Udlaidh in Glen Orchy to a fallen climber with a broken ankle. The weather was pretty poor. With the help of Tristan our team member in the Glen and his quad we quickly got up into the coire and met the lads that had called us out. They had done a great job getting the injured climber down to the Coire floor. Robin and Rich sorted the casualty out and Rescue 177 showed up just at the right time to lift him to hospital. Home in time for tea.
Oban MRT were called out at 16.00 today to the North Eastern Coire of Beinn an Doithaidh. Together with Arrochar MRT the Police MRT and an RAF MR team. The reporter who call in heard load shouts and screams on the buttress above him. An RAF group was dropped on the hill and escorted some embarrassed climbers off the hill.
Everyone returned to base in time for a late Valentines dinner.
Sad day yesterday. Large search on Ben Starav where Lochaber MRT and ourselves were helping Glencoe MRT to search for walker missing since Saturday. Conditions were difficult as Ben Starav is a very complex mountain with very challenging terrain. The weather did not help with frequent lightening strikes all around the mountain. Some brilliant spotting and flying by RN 137 assisted rescuers from Glencoe and Lochaber to get to casualty and allowed recovery by helicopter. Oban team members then had an epic retreat off the hill with lightening and swollen rivers, eventually forcing one team to be recovered by helicopter as rivers had risen to high to cross
Our thoughts with family and friends.
Oban MRT were called out at 9:50pm last night to assist two Scottish Islands Peaks Race competitors ( from the boat ‘Honeybee’ ) in difficulty near to the summit of Ben More on Mull. Reports from other runners suggested conditions on the summit were horrendous earlier in the evening.
Low cloud initially prevented assistance by helicopter so the team deployed to Mull on the 10:30pm ferry. Once on scene weather improved and Rescue 177 was tasked to assist, locating the runners on the east ridge of Ben More at around 2 am just as 7 team members reached the summit ridge.
The two runners were recovered safely back to the foot of the hill by Rescue177, cold and suffering cramp. They were transported by road back to Salen.
Team descended hill and waited on first ferry back from Mull, returning to Oban at 8 am.
The team was called out this afternoon to rescue a walker stuck in difficult conditions on Ben Dorain. Team members walked up and found him safe and well and accompanied him off the hill.
Unfortunately a sad outcome to Saturday morning’s rescue. Condolences to the family from all at Oban MRT.
Oban MRT were called out at 01:00am on Saturday morning to assist an injured hill walker on Beinn an Aighenan above Glen Kinglass. The casualty had fallen on steep ground near to the bealach between Beinn an Aighenan and Ben Starav. Thankfully conditions were clear and helicopter Rescue 177 was able to fly direct to casualty and recover to hospital. The team was stood down while approaching the RV in Glen Kinglass.
The casualties location was in the remotest part of our area, and without helicopter assistance would have resulted in a very long and protracted rescue, so a big thanks to Rescue 177.