Unwell Pensioner Rescued at the Grey Mares Tail

A 71 year old male hill walker who had become unwell was rescued from the Grey Mares Tail Waterfall in the Moffat Hills on Monday the 16th of September 2019 at 3.00pm in a multi Emergency service resuce, including Dumfries and Galloway Police Division, Moffat MRT,Scottish Ambulance Service and the HM Coastguard rescue helicopter.

Hill walker Lynda Dunlavey told DGWGO “My husband and I became involved in a dramatic Mountain Rescue at Grey Mare’s Tail near Moffat, involving the Coastguard Helicopter, Police and Ambulance Services. We Sat with the man for around two and a half hours making sure he was OK and keeping his spirits up until help came. The man was airlifted to hospital safely. Thank goodness for these wonderful Emergency Services.”

A local BASICS Doctor (who is also a member of the Moffat Mountain rescue team) climbed to Tail path and arrived on scene at the same time as a HM Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Prestwick. The helicopter paramedic and doctor assessed the walker on scene while the team stood ready to deploy a stretcher to the scene should it be required.


The walker was winched on board the helicopter and transported back to the Grey Mares Tail car park where the team transferred him to a waiting ambulance. After assessment he was transferred by ambulance to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary for further checks.


The team was finally stood down around 1800.


The team wish the casualaty a speedy recovery

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