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Advice from Mountain Rescue to keep you safe in the outdoors.
Mountain rescue are run by volunteers and is free to the casualty. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, should anyone require assistance on the hills.
Although everyone hopes they won’t encounter an emergency, it is imperative you are prepared just in case. To contact mountain rescue, you must ring 999 or 112, ask for police and then ask for mountain rescue. You will need to provide your location – a grid reference is useful. Remember, do not change position until contacted by mountain rescue.
"In an emergency, ring 999 or 112, ask for police and then ask for mountain rescue."
It was recently in the news that a man climbed Snowdon in superman boxers for charity, and developed hypothermia as a result. Although most people would be wearing more clothing, it still highlights the importance of keeping warm and safe when on the hills to prevent unnecessary callouts. Mountain rescue have put together some helpful leaflets to keep you safe, but we’ve summarised the key points below.
Carefully plan your route, considering the season and terrain, and factor in when it will go dark. Make sure you leave details of this route somewhere reliable, and notify someone if your plans change. Be prepared and bring all essentials to keep you safe in an emergency, below is a list of essentials that mountain rescue suggest will keep you safe:
"Leave your route details with your accomodation, or the local police if it's not possible to leave with friends or family"
During your route, keep an eye on the weather and be prepared to turn back if the conditions turn against you. It’s best to end a journey early than end up in a dangerous situation. If the weather is cold, keep checking everyone for signs of hypothermia. Finally, remember to keep your group together, and let the slowest or weakest person determine the pace.
Look for any obvious dangers, as well as things like:
Also, remember not to exceed the experience or abilities of your party – towards the end of a long day everyone will be tired and lack concentration, so are more at risk of danger.
Be prepared. Call 999 or 112 in an emergency, ask for police then Mountain Rescue. Remember, situations can escalate quickly, so although Mountain Rescue want to minimise unneccessary callouts, if you're unsure Mountain Rescue can assess the severity of the situation if you contact them.
For more information on Mountain Rescue, have a look at their website.
Mountain rescue team members are on call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to recover climbers from precipitous crags, reunite lost walkers with their pals and ensure injured and sick casualties are safely delivered into vital hospital care.