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Teenagers on Duke of Edinburgh expedition rescued from hills in D&G

The teenagers were rescued from hills near Newton Stewart Credit: Galloway Mountain Rescue Team

Two 16-year-old teenagers were rescued while taking part in a Duke of Edinburgh expedition.

They were airlifted from the hills near Newton Stewart on the evening of Tuesday 4 July by the Belfast Coastguard and Prestwick Search and Rescue teams, ahead of 20 members of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team arriving at the location.

They suffered leg injuries. The rest of the expedition made their own way off the hill.

Six people airlifted from Buchan Hill in Galloway

Two response vehicles at Bruce's Stone Car Park shortly after the rescue Credit: Galloway Mountain Rescue Team

Six people had to be rescued from Buchan Hill in Galloway by an RAF search and rescue helicopter.

The Galloway Mountain Rescue team were alerted around 10pm on Wednesday after a group of six people from Doncaster got into difficulties.

During their descent from Buchan Hill a 56 year old man in the group had an asthma attack. He was airlifted to safety along with the rest of the group at midnight.

Fourteen Galloway Mountain Rescuers were involved in the incident.

No one was injured in the rescue.

Ken MacKenzie, Team Leader, who co-ordinated the search said,

We were able to pinpoint their location on the summit of Buchan Hill, which is south east of the Merrick.

We were aware that one of the group, a 56 year old man, had suffered an asthma attack and didn't have an inhaler with him. As a result, we called in the assistance of air support and Rescue 131 from RAF Boulmer attended.

They were on scene shortly after midnight and airlifted all six members of the party and dropped them off at a landing site at the old Caldons Campsite near Loch Trool.

The casualty's condition was such that we treated him on scene before transporting him, as a precaution, in our ambulance to his holiday accommodation.

By the time we got there, he'd improved significantly and we were able to leave him in the care of his family."

– Ken MacKenzie, Team Leader
The rescue took place at Buchan Hill. Credit: ITV Border


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.

Walkers rescued on the Merrick

Two experienced hill walkers have been rescued by the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team.

The 30-year-old man and 27-year-old woman, both visiting the area, were descending the Merrick last night, 27 January, when they became disorientated by poor weather conditions.

They called the police and asked for the mountain rescue team, who were then able to locate them using GPS co-ordinated on their smartphone.

A three-man rescue team and Land Rover were sent from Newton Stewart to respond to the call.

Full report: Mountain rescue workers prepare for mammoth cycle challenge

Members of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team are going to spend 12 days cycling to the most southerly, westerly, northerly and easterly points of mainland Scotland.

Over 1,100 miles will be clocked up in the process and the volunteers will be raising money for the team's running costs and for a children's cancer charity.

Andy Burn reports:


All points lead to mountain rescue cash appeal

Three members of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team are taking on a 12-day cycle challenge to raise money for their service.

The mammoth challenge will see them reach the four compass point extremities of the Scottish mainland.

They are hoping to raise a tenth (£2,500) of their annual running costs (£25,000).

The challenge starts on Saturday (6th July) from their rescue base in Newton Stewart.

The cyclists then head for the most southerly, westerly, northerly and easterly points before returning to Galloway.

"David Tyson, Ken Mackenzie and myself, are keen cyclists and have undertaken a number of challenges in the past. This is however our most significant to date.

"Many fund raisers cycle from Lands End to John O' Groats, a distance of around 840 miles, however the route we will take is an additional 160 miles. A total of 1100 miles.

"The majority of the money raised will go to the team funds to pay for equipment, training, vehicle running costs and building maintenance.

"A proportion will also be donated to CLIC Sargent, the Children's Cancer Support Charity."

– Team Chairman Derek Hamilton

You can sponsor the cyclists here.