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Islands to get official search and rescue team?

Posted 28 March 2011
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Islands to get official search and rescue team?
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The Outer Hebrides is close to getting an officially recognised search-and-rescue team, it has been claimed.

Hebrides Search and Rescue - whose tasks will include helping users of walking boost and climbing ropes who get into trouble on the islands - has established an 18-strong team after the idea of a locally-based service was first proposed three years ago, Grough reports.

Manager of the team John Norfolk told the news provider: "Some time ago the police realised there was a gap in capability with regards to land-based search and rescue."

The plan is for the body to become a member of the Mountain Rescue Council of Scotland.

Mr Norfolk said the area has been popularised as a walking and climbing destination by a number of recent books and films, which Mr Norfolk said increases the need for a local service, instead of relying on those from other islands and the mainland.

The archipelago includes the Isle of Harris, which Ramblers Scotland director Dave Morris called to be made into Scotland's third national park last year.