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Missing Perthshire walker found safe and well

Schiehallion from Queens View

Schiehallion from Queen's View

The elderly female walker, missing over night on Schiehallion has been found safe and well after walking into a medical centre in Kinloch Rannoch this morning. It is understood that the 73 year old from Ayrshire had been on the mountain with her son to scatter the ashes of her late husband when they became separated. Despite an extensive rescue search she was not located on the hill before the search had to be called off at 3am. The weather in the area last night was windy with drizzly rain on the tops.

Speaking to the BBC, Sgt Colin MacDougall, from Tayside Police’s search and rescue unit, said, ”Thankfully this has not been a tragic outcome and remarkably the woman is none the worse for her experience.

“However, it still demonstrates the utter complacency with which people often take to the Scottish hills. Here we have two inexperienced walkers with no maps, no torches, and no navigational equipment whatsoever.

“Even on a simple hill walk, people should be prepared for all eventualities and weather conditions. I hope this incident serves as a timely reminder to anyone considering taking to the hills that being properly prepared is vital.”

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