In Memory of David and Margaret Ann Rous who died in the light aircraft crash on Beinn nan Luss on 4 April 2015

The families of David and Margaret Ann Rous would like to thank all those who made a donation, either individually or via sponsorship, to The Oban Mountain Rescue Team in memory of two very special and much loved people.

We are grateful to those, on both Tiree and mainland UK, who made additional efforts, including 10k events and the London Marathon, to increase the final total raised. We sincerely appreciate everyone’s generosity and support for our chosen charity whose work often goes unnoticed.

The Team spent many hours working in very harsh conditions which were extremely demanding, both physically and mentally, in order to bring David & Margaret Ann home to us. It is quite humbling to know that there are people who are prepared to give up their time for complete strangers to reunite families with their loved ones. It meant a great deal to us.

Your donations, which total nearly £7,000, will help to fund the Team for the amazing work they do. Once again, thank you for remembering David and Margaret Ann in this way.

The members of Oban Mountain Rescue Team also wish to add their own appreciation to all those who have donated in memory of David and Margaret Ann, and of course, to their families for thinking of us at this time.

Your support is very special to us and the money raised will greatly help our SAR service in the mountains and within the wider community in which we feel privileged to play a part.

 

Thank you all so very much.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

Thursday’s team training was 4×4 driving at Inverawe. Team members were put through their paces on a demanding offroad course ably advised by Neil and Adam. Many thanks to Inverawe Estate for permission to use their land.

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12 team members attended the UK and Irish Mountain Rescue Conference in Aviemore this weekend. A really good opportunity to meet with lots of other mountain rescue team members across the British Isles and share what we do.

http://mrgathering2014.mountainrescuescotland.org/

 

White water training for Oban Mountain Rescue Team. Pushing river crossing to its limits and a tensioned diagonal crossing. Loads of very wet fun in Kinlochleven. Thanks to Andy for the photos

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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.

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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.

Come along and support Oban MRT’s Ceilidh on Friday 28th Feb @Skipinnish Ceilidh House, 9pm onwards with @trailwestband

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