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Mountain map’ to the aid of rescuers

A new mapping tool that allows mountain rescue teams and the emergency services to share search data has been created. The software, being given to Scotland’s 24 mountain rescue crews, will enable them to co-ordinate searches and map the progress of missions.

The system has been launched as figures published by the Scottish Mountain Rescue Committee showed there were 20 deaths on Scotland’s mountains in 2008. According to the organisation there were 387 incidents last year. The news comes as Community Safety Minister Fergus Ewing, a former member of Lomond Mountain Rescue team, announced £300,000 of funding for the Mountain Rescue Committee.