Snakes but no ladders during joint mountain rescue training

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The Arran Mountain Rescue Team and the Police Scotland Mountain Rescue Team combined forces in a training exercise that saw them rescuing ‘casualties’, enjoying stunning vista’s of Glen Rosa and spotting a large numbers of adders sunning themselves.

The annual joint training exercise builds on the working relationship between the two rescue teams and enhances their experience and skills levels.

Taking place over an entire day, the two teams practised their rope and equipment skills by going through various scenarios.

Involved too was the search and rescue dog and a number of casualties who were positioned thought the glen, some inaccessibly situated on the steep cliffs.

A spokesman from the Arran Mountain Rescue Team said: ‘There were some incredible views from where some of the casualties were positioned and the sun shone which is always a bonus.

‘There was also quite an abundance of adders in the glen basking in the sunshine’.

The training exercise was completed only days after the Arran team were involved in a callout involving a father and son who had gone missing in the North Glen Sannox area.

Photos by Ian, Kirstie, Lucy, Struan and Neil B.

Arran Mountain Rescue Team and Police Scotland take part in a joint training exercise in Glen Rosa. No_B19AMRT01

Participants practise a rope descent down a steep cliff side. No_B19AMRT02

The two mountain rescue teams discuss their strategy. No_B19AMRT03

A ‘casualty’ is strapped to a stretcher which is then ready to be carried down the mountain. No_B19AMRT04

Rescue personnel await their chance to descend the ropes. No_B19AMRT05

The Glen Rosa adders were also out enjoying the warmth of the sunshine. No_B19AMRT06