Kinloss Report A – 10 Mar 74 –/74

This Report A has been created from the text of Heavy Whalley’s blog as he took part in the rescue, by Brian Canfer Feb 2023



Nature of Incident Three fallen walkers on Ben Nevis. 
Authority Alerting NRCCTeam Called Out              100200 Mar74
Area Searched N/ALeft Station         102330
Location of Incident Coire Eoghainn, Ben NevisArrived in Search Area 100900
 Duration of Search 1 hour
Located by Joint MR partyIncident Located 100930
Type of Search  Followed line of discarded kit.Casualties Evacuated To Fort William Police
 Composition of Party Lochaber MRT, RAF Kinloss MRT
Weather Conditions Fair, icy underfoot.Sub Units Involved
No of Casualties 1 Stretcher 0         Walking 0            Dead 1Returned to Station  112100
 RCC Informed  11 2130

Vehicle Mileages

Comments on Equipment:
 Crampons: The non-adjustable crampons caused some problems, and we urgently need the new adjustable ones.

NARRATIVE: On 10th March 1974 a party of 4 climbers became lost descending off Ben Nevis, 2 of them had fallen and the remaining pair managed to raise the alarm. Lochaber MRT had recovered 1 body overnight and the police had requested assistance in the recovery of the 2nd body.  By following a trail of kit up the corrie the body was located on a small ledge.  The body was lowered 500’ accompanied by the Team Leader FS Reeve where the rest of the team were waiting. The casualty was transferred to a stretcher and then carried off via the waterside. Team RTB.

11 March 1974

Signed FS S Reeve
 Team Leader
Kinloss MRT


MOD (Air) (Ops) ESR RAF
HQ 18(M) Gp

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