Mountain rescue called to aid of fell runner

Crews gather to assist the search
Crews gather to assist the search

Galloway Mountain Rescue Team was called to the rescue of an Ayrshire fell-runner and his dog from the Galloway Hills on Thursday.

The experienced runner had become disorientated on the Merrick at around 3pm and the team was called when he couldn’t find his way off the hill.

The Police Scotland helicopter also attended and located the walker to the west of the summit. Team members from Newton Stewart attended the scene and met the helicopter crew on a forest road on Kirriemore. The runner was found safe and well and was driven by the team back to his car at Bruce’s Stone.

Team Leader Ken Mackenzie, who led the rescue said: “Given the fact that darkness was quickly approaching, and very stormy weather was forecast for the following 36 hours, the runner was quite right in contacting us as soon as he realised he couldn’t navigate himself off the hill. This is the second successful rescue we’ve now completed with the Police Scotland helicopter and it’s proving to be an extremely helpful asset.”

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.