A Danish walker taking part in the TGO Challenge to cross Scotland was rescued on 12 May after falling ill in Glen Etive. Although only a few miles from the main road in Glencoe, Glen Etive is relatively remote and the walker was rescued after activating an electronic distress beacon. The signal was picked up 4,000 miles away in the States and passed on to the Police in Fort William and a helicopter rescue was co-ordinated by the RAF.
The RAF said it was the first time a SPOT satellite tracker device has triggered a rescue. The device uses GPS technology to pinpoint the user’s location and when activated can send a distress message to a response centre in the US who then pass on the details to the relevant authorities. The walker, who has not yet been identified was suffering severe abdominal pains, has been taken to the Belford hospital in Fort William where it is understood he is recovering.