28 Nov 17
by Joe Baxter
On the weekend of Sunday 26th November, Galloway MRT staged an exercise involving steep ground security and water evacuation
On the weekend of Sunday 26th November, Galloway MRT staged an exercise involving steep ground security and water evacuation. The scenario was that Galloway MRT were requested to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service to reach and assess someone that has slipped down a river bank, from an unguarded pavement and suffered multiple injuries.
On assessment after setting up a rope system to access the casualty, it was decided that the safest and quickest evacuation route and method was to package the casualty and continue to lower them to the waters edge; where after they were taken by our Inflatable Rescue Sled to the awaiting Ambulance on the other river bank.
Galloway MRT is always on call to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service with casualty evacuation - be that on troublesome terrain, or during adverse weather.
Galloway MRT were deployed on the evening of 25th August to assist an injured walker North of Culsharg Bothy. Two team members were tasked and were able to locate casualty and help them off the hill. We wish the casualty a speedy recovery.
IT HAS been an exceptionally busy few weeks for the members of Galloway Mountain Rescue team. Over the last five weeks since lockdown restrictions have been relaxed, we have been called upon by Police Scotland to assist in six different incidents.
GMRT was called at 7pm on 18th August to assist a walker, disorientated in poor conditions. Technology helped to locate them quickly. Earlier the same day GMRT was on Standby to assist an injured cyclist but were stood down as Ambulance Service Crew were able to reach and evacuate them.