Mountain rescue team called out for 75-year-old

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The Galloway Mountain Rescue Team was called out to aid a rambler who went missing during a hike with his walking group on Saturday.

The 75-year-old experienced walker was descending the Merrick at around 3pm with the group when he became separated from them. Fearful for his safety in the fading light, the group decided to call for help.

Radio Officer Ken McCubbin, who led the team during the callout, said: “The missing walker is known to us and we know him to be a fit and experienced walker.

“The low cloud conditions at the time were a contributory factor in him becoming separated from the rest of the group. His fellow walkers assisted with the search and he was thankfully located just after 4pm at Palgowan, a farm off the Glentrool to Straiton road. He had wisely used a dyke as a handrail to navigate himself off the hill.”

Ken added that low-level cloud can make navigation in the Galloway Hills extremely difficult. Walkers who venture into the hills should be confident in the use of a map and compass beforehand and aware of the upcoming weather conditions.

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