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Rain-lashed Scouts rescued from Skye's Trotternish Ridge

Trotternish Ridge on Skye
Image caption The Scouts were camping on the Trotternish Ridge

A group of Scouts from Germany got into difficulty during heavy rain on a trip to the Trotternish Ridge in Skye.

One of the Scouts badly injured an ankle and was airlifted to Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway in Lewis on Thursday night.

Skye Mountain Rescue Team walked to where the rest were camped.

The Scouts were then taken to a spot from where they could be safely airlifted off the ridge. The rescue was completed by 09:00 on Friday.

Stornoway Coastguard helicopter was involved in the rescue operation.

British Red Cross volunteers took 14 of the Scouts into their care following the airlift.

The charity said males and females aged between 14 and 22 were in the group.

'Very grateful'

They were given hot drinks and food before being taken to a Red Cross base in Kyle of Lochalsh.

Anne Eadie, Red Cross service manager, said: "The young people were exhausted and very wet when they arrived.

"They had been camping and were caught in torrential rain during the night.

"All their tents, sleeping bags and equipment were soaked. A local backpackers' hostel has given us the use of their drying facilities for all the wet stuff."

The group have also been helped getting word to their families in Germany to reassure them that they were safe.

Ms Eadie added: "They are all very grateful for the help they're being given and they're in good spirits.

"We don't know at this stage how long our German friends will be with us but we are arranging for bedding and inflatable mattresses in case they have to stay overnight at the centre.

"If required, Red Cross volunteers will work in shifts to look after the Scouts overnight."

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