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Drone team joins Scottish Mountain Rescue

SARAA Scotland drone Image copyright SARAA-Scotland
Image caption Search and Rescue Aerial Association Scotland deployed a drone on a search earlier this year

A team of drone pilots has formally joined Scottish Mountain Rescue (SMR).

Search and Rescue Aerial Association Scotland (SARAA-Scotland) supported a search for a missing person in East Lothian in September.

Shortly after the incident, the association became a full member following a vote at SMR's annual general meeting.

SMR's other members include Aberdeen, Arran, Braemar, Borders, Dundonnell, Oban and Skye MRTs.

An RAF team, two Search and Rescue Dog Association teams and three Police Scotland teams are also members.

Image copyright SARAA-Scotland
Image caption SARAA-Scotland was voted in as a full member of SMR

Unmanned aerial vehicles have been used on various occasions in mountain search and rescues in recent years.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team has deployed drones in searches of peaks in its area.

Earlier this year, the rescue of a Scottish mountaineer Rick Allen in the Himalayas was aided by the use of a drone.

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