INJURED SOLDIER RESCUED IN THE GALLOWAY HILLS

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Galloway Mountain Rescue Team were called out on Saturday 23rd November 2013, after a soldier, who was involved in a training exercise in the Galloway Hills, sustained a leg injury and required to be evacuated for medical treatment from a very remote hillside location.

The team were alerted about 2.00pm after the soldier took a fall on the eastern slopes of Shalloch on Minnoch above Tunskeen bothy; a very isolated and rugged location in the heart of the Galloway Hills.

Ken Mackenzie, Depute Team Leader, who co-ordinated the rescue said:-

“Seventeen team members responded to the incident from both Newton Stewart and Castle Douglas. Although the injured soldier was accompanied by colleagues involved in the exercise, they didn’t have suitable stretchers and other equipment to evacuate him from such a rough boggy hillside.

Fortunately, we were able to get quite close to the site with our vehicles and thereafter the recovery of the casualty to an awaiting military ambulance turned out to be relatively straight forward rescue.”

For more information about the voluntary activities of Galloway MRT including details of incidents, training, walk routes and much more, visit www.gallowaymrt.org.uk.

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