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RAF rescuers to spend Xmas in mountain hut

Wintry conditions set to continue in the Cairngorms

26 members of an RAF rescue team will spend the festive season on stand-by in a mountain hut near Newtonmore. The team from RAF Leuchars will be well placed in the heart of the Cairngorms to respond to any emergencies.

Although the main role of the team, based near St Andrews in Fife, is to search for, and rescue, survivors of crashed aircraft, the team is also called out to assist with the rescue of mountaineers and climbers on a regular basis. The combination of the holiday break and the recent snowy weather, is expected to attract a lot of people to the Cairngorms over Christmas and New Year.

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