Coronavirus Scotland: Men fined for breach of travel regulations

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Two men were fined for violating travel laws for climbing a Munro in Glencoe.

Despite Level 4 restrictions being in effect on the Scottish mainland, the walkers, aged 21 and 27, traveled from Oban to Buachaille Etive Mòr on Hogmanay.

After the pair got into trouble when descending from the Munro at dusk, emergency services were called, with one of them suffering a leg injury.

The police helped 25 local mountain rescue team members who were on foot to locate the two men and get them out of the mountains, where one of them was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance.

One member of the Glencoe MRT sustained an injury which remains under medical examination during the rescue operation.

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“The men had traveled from Oban to hike this route and were in a difficult position as the light was fading at 3:25 p.m. when police and MRT were called,” Inspector Kevin Macleod explained.

The rescue took a total of 108 man hours and the team was able to leave at 7:30 p.m. A fine was imposed for violating travel laws for the two men, aged 21 and 27.

“We continue to ask people to take personal responsibility to do the right thing and remember that the purpose of these actions is to support the collective effort to protect the NHS and save lives by preventing the spread of the virus.”

Andy Neilson, team leader at Glencoe MRT, said, “We will continue to provide the vital MRT service we are committed to, but the volunteers who helped the men felt vulnerable due to the inevitable close contact and we need to prioritize the health of our members to continue to provide this vital service.”

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