Assynt MRT Rescue capabilities

Submitted by Owen McCafferty on Sat, 2009-11-28

In Caithness and Sutherland, there is a wide range of terrain in which people work and spend their leisure time in.

The huge variety of terrain and activities undertaken in the area mean that the Assynt Mountain Rescue Team have to have a wide range of experience and diversity in it’s members capabilities. The Assynt Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) provides rescue services to a large area of Scotland.

The team are most commonly called out to search for missing people (e.g. overdue / lost walkers) and this often involves searching large areas of land looking for “a needle in a haystack”.

The team are capable of carrying out technical cliff rescues at for example sea cliffs, sea stacks, mountain crags (in both summer and winter), etc.

The team are also capable of performing cave rescues from the many limestone cave systems present in the area. When cave rescues are required, we work closely with the Scottish Cave Rescue Organisation (SCRO).

As the team covers such a large remote part of Britain (Area link), the team has off-road vehicles and is capable of getting into many remote locations with them. This helps to reduce the team’s response time for incidents.

Unlike most other mountain rescue teams, the Assynt team have worked with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) on many occasions. This has been for both training purposes and call-outs.

In particular they have worked with the RNLI’s Lochinver lifeboat crew and we have worked with the RNLI’s Longhope lifeboat crew.

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