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Mountain rescue team saves stranded man, 64, cut off by snowdrift

Members of the Moffat Mountain Rescue Team who have rescued a 64-year-old man. Credit: PA

A mountain rescue team has rescued a elderly man who tried to walk to safety after a week cut off by snow.

The 64-old, who lived in a remote location near Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway, had been cut off with no power for seven days.

He decided to walk to the nearest village on Sunday afternoon but found his way blocked by huge snowdrifts.

The man called for help at around 4pm after trying to walk through deep snow for more than four hours.

Moffat Mountain Rescue Team members arrived just after dark and tried to drive towards where they believed the man to be, but had to abandon their vehicle and proceed on foot.

After battling through drifts for two hours, two team members managed to reach the man.

A snow blizzard in Central Scotland. Credit: PA

Further team members followed on and started to trample a path through the snow to assist the man to the team Land Rover, which they reached at around 8.30pm.

He was then evacuated to the road where he was passed to police who took him to Lockerbie.

Twenty team members were involved in the rescue operation.

It comes days after Moffat MRT helped check on drivers who were stranded on the M74 for hours in heavy snow on Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Shaun Duignan, team leader said: "This has been a busy week for the team with many team members working through the night to help stranded drivers and then a rescue closer to the expected role of a mountain rescue team, rescuing someone from a remote inaccessible location.

"The team is pleased to have been able to assist the people of Dumfries and Galloway."