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Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team (LMRT) is urging walkers and climbers to ‘use some common sense’ while some lockdown restrictions still apply.
The easing of outdoor exercise laws has meant a rise in visitor numbers to some of the region’s most stunning and hazardous beauty spots. While the coronavirus is still in circulation, however, mountain rescue team’s are still only attending to casualties who cannot physically free themselves in order to protect their members.
Leader of Lochaber Mountain Rescue John Stevenson said: ‘My first priority is the safety of our members while our second is to help stricken mountaineers.
‘Walkers and climbers who get into difficulties should think carefully before calling 999 and requesting a mountain rescue.
‘Each call will be taken on merit. People who are uninjured, lost or benighted will be asked to consider waiting until morning, and/or better visibility in order to get themselves out of difficulty.’
The team will still attend seriously injured people or anyone who cannot physically get themselves out of difficulty, but in order to keep members safe, the bare minimum of rescuers will be in attendance.
Helicopter support will only be requested if a time critical injury is sustained, i.e. head injury, femur and pelvis injuries etc.
While we are pleased to see more people getting out and about again, we would still encourage people to adhere to Scottish Government guidelines and to exercise within their local areas where possible,’ added John.
‘We have had no call outs at all since the start of lockdown and that’s the way we want to keep it.’