Leuchars Report A – 14 Feb 85 02/85


This Report A was extracted from the Team’s 1986 diary which was loaned to the MRA in May 2022 by the RAF Lossiemouth MRT. It was scanned to pdf then converted to MS Word by Brian Canfer in April 2023


Serial no.     2/85     

REPORT A

RAF LEUCHARS MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM INCIDENT

Nature of incident  missing HillwalkerNumber of rescuees   1…total
Uninjured ……..-….Walking casualties…………………
Authority alerting  RCC EdinburghStretcher
 Casualties………………….Dead………1………….
Team alerted 140410 Feb…date/timeCasualty Evacuation
Called out 0410………………..walking…………..miles…………….ascent
Left base/station………0450 time………………..stretcher…………miles……………ascent
Arrived in search area…0730……time 
Composition of MRT………………2…………OfficersFinal evacuation by  
                                    ………………2………….SNCO’shelicopter
                                   …………………21……….Airmen 
Other SAR forces involved  Glencoe, Lochaber, Kinloss, Bolton MRTs, 22 and 202 SqnCasualty evacuated to  MRT base
Area searched S face of Aonach Eagach 
 Incident completed 151200 date/time
Duration of search       2 days 
Weather conditions    Good but windyArrive at base 151300 time
Map reference of incident     41/132578RCC informed………date/time
Located by     22 sqn helicopter 
atVehicle mileage.   
MJP X 2 100 miles  
Transit 100 miles
Landrover RVT   100 miles
SWB LR 130 miles
Landrover LWB 100 miles
Narrative:    Leuchars MRT were tasked by NRCC to assist in the search for a missing hillwalker in the Glencoe area. On arrival of the team were allocated the South flank of the Aonach Eagach Ridge, which they searched without any results. An aerial search with LMRT leader aboard, of the Clachaig gully had to be abandoned on day 1 of the search due to severe turbulence. A climbing party was also tasked with Clachaig gully search but retreated due to darkness. On day 2, the wind dropped and an aerial search of the incident area was possible, resulting in the location of the casualty. She apparently fell 200’ from the path which runs alongside the gully, sustaining fatal injuries.
 Date                             17 Feb 85
Signed                              Shanks
Rank/name                 FS SHANKS

(To be signed by O or NCO IC MRT)



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