COVID 19: Two women who climbed the Ben charged with culpable and reckless conduct

Women rescued from Ben Lomond charged with Covid breach

By Lucy Ashton

Two women have been charged with breaching Covid 19 protocols after being rescued in rapidly fading daylight from Ben Lomond.

The women, in their twenties, had travelled from Fife to go walking but needed to phone for help after getting into difficulty in poor weather on Saturday afternoon.

Lomond Mountain Rescue Team and emergency services assisted the two walkers from near the summit of Ben Lomond to the foot of the mountains at Balmaha by around 6.30pm.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers were called to assist Mountain Rescue partners on Ben Lomond at around 2pm on Saturday, 23 January, 2021 after two female walkers requested assistance to descend the hill in deteriorating weather conditions.

The Lomond Mountain Rescue team shows the conditions walkers had to face on the Ben.

Coronavirus travel restrictions are in place across the whole of mainland Scotland– meaning people should only leave their homes for an essential purpose, including caring responsibilities, essential shopping, exercise and being part of an extended household.

Even on a fine day walkers and climbers should take all the necessary safety precautions if they choose to go walking towards the peak of Ben Lomond. Picture by Robert Beacon

 

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