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New leader appointed for Galloway Mountain Rescue

Ken Mackenzie has replaced Mike McCann as Team Leader. Credit: Galloway Mountain Rescue Team

A new team leader has been appointed for Galloway Mountain Rescue Team.

Ken Mackenzie joined the team in 2002 and had been Deputy Team Leader since 2011. He officially became Team Leader at the team's Annual General Meeting on 29th October.

He will replace Mike McCann who has been the Team Leader for three years.

"It's an honour to take on the leadership role for such a dedicated group of volunteers. I'm sure the next three years will provide a few challenges but I'm looking forward to these opportunities."

– Ken Mackenzie, Team Leader of Galloway Mountain Rescue

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Twenty four people saved by Mountain Rescue in one week

A warning has been issued about the dangers of venturing onto the high-fells.

Rescue services in the county have already saved 24 people so far this week.

One call-out involved a family of four and their dog, who, on Wednesday afternoon, called for help after getting stuck on Scafell pike.

24 people Saved by mountain rescue this week Credit: ITV Border News

Full report: mountain rescue

Mountain rescue teams in the Lake District have been called out twice in the past 36 hours to help people caught out by the weather it follows the death of a woman who was hiking near Wastwater on Friday.

They're once again asking walkers to be prepared and check the forecast before venturing onto Cumbria's mountains.

Katie Hunter has this report.

Six teenagers rescued from camping trip in Ullswater

A group of teenagers have got into difficulty whilst camping near Glencoyne in Ullswater.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called out to the group at 1am this morning after they had been caught out by the very strong winds and heavy rain. The group had descended on steep ground to try and find shelter.

During the evening each of their tents were blown down and the group ended up sheltering in one of the damaged tents. One of the group was reported to be suffering from hypothermia and all of them were cold and wet.

Due to the severe weather, the number of young people in the group, and possible multiple casualties Patterdale Mountain rescue team called for assistance from Penrith and Kirby Stephen Mountain rescue teams which helped to help evacuate the group safely off the fell.

The young people were then transported back to the Patterdale rescue centre where they were given hot drinks, food and dry clothes.

"The bad weather today was forecast yet we still undertook two rescues during the night, each lasting about five hours, and both brought about by the poor weather. During the second incident one of our team members was injured and is currently in hospital with a suspected fractured ankle."

– Mike Blakey, Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team Leader

The rescue lasted five hours and involved 10 members of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team as well as 6 members from Penrith MRT and 14 members of Kirkby Stephen MRT.

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Walker found dead following search

A woman has been found dead after going missing from a party of walkers by the Overbeck river gorge near Wastwater in west Cumbria.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue team say it was called to assist the Police on Friday 24th October. The woman was found in a pool below the main waterfall.

A Royal Navy Seaking helicopter which was training in the area helped remove the woman's body from the area.

Mountain Rescue hero awarded for service

A member of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team has been awarded for his years of dedicated service.

Ken McCubbin has been saving people lost in the Galloway Hills for nearly 40 years.

He even helped with the rescue effort at the Lockerbie Air Disaster in 1988.

He was presented with a Distinguished Service Award from the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland at a ceremony in Aviemore.

Helicopter rescue for walkers in Galloway

Two men became lost in the Galloway Hills Credit: PA

Two men descending the highest mountain in the Galloway Hills were rescued by helicopter last night, after becoming disoriented.

The alarm was raised at about 7pm, when they became lost while making their way down the Merrick.

Police Scotland asked the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team to help, and seven members went to the mountain to locate the walkers.

But as they made their way to the area, the men were rescued by a police helicopter, which was able to land and evacuate them despite the failing light.

It is the first time the Police Scotland helicopter has been deployed in a rescue of this type.

Help the mountain rescue team

If you're heading onto the hills this bank holiday weekend, "make sure you're prepared". That's the plea from mountain rescue teams ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue team in the Lake District had five calls last weekend, including a family who phoned for help and then failed to notify emergency services once they'd made it to safety.

The team says this wasted time but could have put other people at risk. Katie Hunter reports:

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