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Mountain Rescue work can be as much a strain on families as volunteers, co-ordinator says

Posted On: 17 Sep 2019   |   Posted By: Press and Journal

Sergeant Peter Lorrain-Smith is browsing in a book shop when his phone suddenly rings with the police control room on the other end.
For the next hour, he co-ordinates a search and rescue operation using a map he has pulled from a nearby shelf.
He laughs as he recalls the incident and admits he regrets not keeping the map so he can use it to illustrate the round-the-clock nature of his job.
Sgt Lorrain-Smith is the national search and rescue coordinator for the force, a member of the Tayside Mountain Rescue team, and someone who has “walked in the hills for the last 45 years”.
As well as assisting lost and injured walkers, mountain rescue teams can also be called upon to help with major operations such as missing person searches.
Last year there were 32 bodies recovered from the hills, this year there have been 13 so far.
Earlier this year, 55-year-old Irene Bytautas was killed in a freak accident when she was struck by lightning while out walking in the Mamore mountains.
And in June, 70-year-old Ronald...

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