A REGULAR training day for a Wee County rescue team suddenly turned into a triple call-out.

Ochils Mountrain Rescue Team (OMRT) were conducting their first training day of the year on Sunday, April 25, following the change to Covid-19 travel guidance when they were contacted by Police Scotland to assist a hillwalker who had taken a fall near the summit of Dumyat.

Team members training nearby were immediately deployed to Dumyat to provide medical care to the casualty while the rest of the team brought rescue equipment to the scene.

The casualty was treated by team medics and was then carried off the hill in a stretcher to the awaiting ambulance.

However, as the team were returning to their rescue post they were called out for a second time to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service Special Operations Response Team (SORT) with a casualty who had fallen into a gorge near Cambusbarron.

Team Doctors abseiled into the gorge to assist the SORT paramedics while the team set up a technical rope rescue system to raise the casualty out.

The casualty was then carried up the hill to Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 199 from Prestwick who flew the casualty to hospital.

As the aircraft was taking off both the team and the Ambulance SORT team were called out for a third time to a climber who had taken a fall in the Cambusbarron area.

Both teams diverted to this location and the casualty was assessed by paramedics and a team doctor and was able to walk off the hill assisted by the SORT team.

Robert Davidson, team leader of OMRT, said: "A great response [on Sunday] by all concerned, continued excellent multiagency working between Ochils Mountain Rescue and the Scottish Ambulance Service."

Ross MacIntyre of OMRT added: "Many thanks to the shepherds in the Touch Hills who provided transport and local knowledge, very much appreciated by all."

Anyone who finds themselves in need of assistance on the hill should dial 999, ask for police and then ask for mountain rescue.