Multi-agency Rescue for Injured Walker on Tinto Hill – Moffat Mountain Rescue

On Saturday, 9th March 2024, a multi-agency rescue operation was swiftly launched to assist an injured walker near the summit of Tinto Hill in Lanarkshire.

The incident was reported to Police Scotland at 11:39, prompting an immediate response from the Moffat Mountain Rescue Team (MRT).

The team, already gathered at Moffat Town Hall for a coffee morning event, was able to quickly mobilize 11 members to the scene.

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Given the challenging location of the casualty and the potential need to carry them down the hill, as experienced in previous callouts, the Tweed Valley MRT was also asked to assist, contributing an additional seven team members.

The Scottish Ambulance Service Special Operations Response Team (SORT), Strathclyde Police MRT, and HM Coastguard Rescue 199 helicopter were all part of the coordinated response.

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The casualty was located and assessed by Moffat MRT members, who administered pain relief before preparing them for evacuation.

Strong winds at the scene prevented the Coastguard helicopter from safely winching the casualty.

Instead, a decision was made to transport the injured walker via the SORT team’s Wolverine vehicle to the helicopter, which had landed on the summit.

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The successful collaboration between Moffat and Tweed Valley MRTs, SORT, local farmers, and the Coastguard ensured the injured walker was safely flown to a landing site near Tinto Car Park.

From there, they were transferred to a Scottish Ambulance Service crew and MRT medics for further treatment of their injured ankle and subsequent hospital transfer.

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The Moffat Mountain Rescue Team extends their best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured walker and continues to encourage public support for their life-saving efforts.

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