Our MP Warns Walkers to be Aware of the Dark
Our MP David Rutley is supporting Mountain Rescue Teams
and highlighting the need for walkers to be more aware of greater
risks in the hills as the nights draw in.
David met volunteers from Mountain and Cave Rescue in Parliament
to help promote the important work they do. The Macclesfield constituency
is served by both the Kinder and Buxton Mountain Rescue Teams.
Members of the teams are often called on to assist injured climbers,
hikers, bikers, fell runners and even the occasional wayward sheep!
As part of their invaluable work, the volunteers also assist the
police in non-mountain searches in the North West and Midlands.
This may include water rescue, missing person searches and ambulance
support in severe weather, including patient transport and emergency
David is a keen mountaineer and vice chair of the All Party Parliamentary
Group on Mountain Rescue. He is particularly keen to highlight
the teams' work, which is especially important at this time of
year. As the clocks have recently gone back, it is easy for hill
walkers to forget that the evenings have drawn in, leading some
to find themselves stranded in upland areas.
Our MP said, "Mountaineering, climbing and hill walking
are great activities that can all be enjoyed safely with appropriate
care. At this time of year, it is important to remember that the
days are shorter and to prepare accordingly. Mountain Rescue teams
are run by volunteers and it is important that resources are focussed
on real emergencies, so we must do all we can to avoid preventable
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