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Missing person found in Wanlockhead

Fri, 31st Dec 2021

Missing Person Search in Scotland’s Highest Village- Wanlockhead

At 0415 on 31 December 2021 Police Scotland asked for the assistance of Moffat Mountain Rescue to search for a missing man who had failed to arrive back at the house he was staying at after a night out in the Wanlockhead, Scotland’s highest village. 14 team members responded along with the teams 3 vehicles and set up a control point in the centre of Wanlockhead.

The team were assisted by Galloway Mountain Rescue Team, Police Scotland Mountain Rescue (Strathclyde) Team, Dogs from SARDA Southern Scotland, The Moffat Pump from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service with a thermal imaging camera and local officers from Dumfries Galloway Police Division.

In all, around 25 people were deployed in the search with a drone on standby from Search & Rescue Aerial Association – Scotland.

The team identified search areas and commenced hasty searches along the route the missing man was thought to have travelled along with searches of watercourses in the area. As more personnel arrived on scene the search was expanded to include areas around the village.T

he team located the missing person who had overshot the place he was trying to get to and then had got disorientated in the remote area outside of the village. Fortunately he was none the worse for his night out in the hills of Wanlockhead but was soaked to the skin with the night’s rain.

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