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Criffel hill rescue for injured walker

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By Abbey Morton
Dumfries and West
Criffel hill rescue for injured walker

VOLUNTEER hill rescuers ascended Knockendoch near Dumfries on Wednesday afternoon after a walker hurt their ankle.

A crew from Moffat Mountain Rescue Team (MMRT) were called by Police Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Division at about 1.30 pm, who required their assistance for a person in trouble.

Wearing appropriate personal protective equipment in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the 12-strong crew climbed the hill, which is part of Criffel near Dumfries, with first aid equipment and a stretcher. An MMRT spokesman said: “After an assessment at the scene by the team’s doctor, pain relief was administered while waiting for the rest of the team to bring a stretcher to the scene. “The team transferred the casualty to a stretcher and carried the casualty off the hill using a back rope to protect the stretcher on steep ground to the team’s Volkswagen ambulance. The casualty was taken to a waiting Scottish Ambulance Service ambulance and transferred to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

“The team then cleaned down all the equipment used on the call out to eliminate any covid risk prior to standing down.”

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