NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Missing Cairngorm walkers and dogs led to safety

Rescue vehicles Image copyright Braemar Mountain Rescue
Image caption The walkers were taken to rescue vehicles early on Friday

Three missing walkers and dogs have been led to safety after an overnight operation by mountain rescue volunteers in the Cairngorms national park.

A helicopter and teams from Aberdeen, Braemar and Tayside were involved in the search in the Glenshee hills

The operation was hampered by low cloud and high winds but the two men, a woman, and their two dogs were located at Broad Cairn in the early hours.

They were taken to rescue vehicles and the volunteers left the hill at 03:30.

The hillwalkers had raised the alarm themselves.

'Healthy warning'

Police mountain rescue coordinator Matt Smith issued a "healthy warning" to hill-goers to bring the right levels of kit, experience and skill with them.

He described the weather as "what are rapidly becoming very changeable and seasonal mountain conditions".

Some of the 40 rescue team members involved stopped to give medical assistance after an unrelated road accident during the operation.