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Good equipment leads to safe rescue

Posted 20 July 2010
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Good equipment leads to safe rescue
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The use of tents and good outdoor clothing has helped ensure six teenagers who had to be rescued in the Scottish Highlands were recovered safe and well.

A group of four girls and two boys aged between 16 and 17 were undertaking a Duke of Edinburgh's award scheme trek when they failed to meet their expedition leader at an agreed rendezvous in the west Highlands en route from Corrour Station to Kinlochleven.

They were eventually found after a search by the Lochaber and Glencoe Mountain Rescue teams, assisted by an RAF helicopter.

Having items like waterproof clothing and navigation equipment such as Ordnance Survey maps and a walking GPS can make a major difference to the safe completion of expeditions in difficult weather.

The west Highlands contains Britain's highest mountain in the form of Ben Nevis and other mountainous areas such as Glencoe, but also large areas of featureless plateau in the form of Rannoch Moor, with the latter being accessible from Corrour Station.

Posted by Elaine Arthur