News in brief: two callouts for rescue team, boost for community hydro project

A mountain rescue team was called to two emergencies within the space of a few hours yesterday.

During poor visibility and heavy rain on Sunday afternoon a walker became disoriented on Auchineden Hill, being escorted back to a car park after being located by Lomond Mountain Rescue Team.

Then a woman who was attempting the West Highland way with two friends suffered a leg injury.

Having left Balmaha at 9.30am she was found by the rescue team near Cnap Mor about 16 hours later and returned with the help of Loch Lomond Rescue Boat to Ardlui Marina where staff from the Scottish Ambulance Service and Police Scotland were waiting.

A community hydro scheme in Arrochar has been given a £1,000 donation by Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, the independent conservation and heritage charity for the national park area.

The 123kw hydro plant is to be located above the village on  Loch Long, with the local community, as well as residents of nearby Luss and Arden, given the chance to buy a stake in the scheme.

The electricity generated from the run of river scheme will be sold on to the National Grid, and income generated will be given to community development trusts for ongoing projects and future community benefit.

Duncan MacLachlan, director of Arrochar and Tarbet Community Development Trust, added: “We were delighted when the Friends agreed to support this project, as it is vital that as many residents and public bodies as possible get behind the scheme.

“We are confident that the hydro scheme will make a big difference to groups like ours and we are keen to move to the next stage with this exciting project.”