Highlands & Islands

Missing teenager found near Rum cliffs after search

Footage from the Stornoway helicopter Image copyright MCA
Image caption The MCA released footage taken from the Stornoway rescue helicopter during the search

A teenager from Norway has been found safe and well on the Isle of Rum after a major search and rescue operation.

The boy was reported missing by his family on Sunday evening when he did not return from a walk.

Police officers, coastguard teams, mountain rescue teams, a lifeboat and two search and rescue helicopters were involved in the search.

He was finally traced when a group of kayakers spotted him near cliffs at 10:30 on Monday.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the kayakers alerted a local fishing boat on the north-west side of Rum and they, in turn, reported it to the coastguard.

A search and rescue helicopter from Stornoway airlifted the teenager to Kinloch Castle emergency helicopter landing site.

'Properly equipped'

The MCA said he was assessed by a hypothermic specialist before being reunited with his parents.

The family were on holiday on the island.

UK Coastguard duty controller Angus MacIver said: "We are all absolutely delighted that this young man has been found alive and well.

"It is thanks to an excellent team effort by all those involved in the search and rescue and is a testament to the multi-agency training that the emergency services undertakes on a regular basis.

"It is important that people make sure they are properly equipped when walking the UK coastlines and mountains.

"Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged, wear the appropriate clothing and footwear, and tell someone where you are going and when you're coming home.

"The more information that is available to the police and the coastguards, the more concentrated we can make our search efforts."

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