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Missing skiers found after search by rescue teams

Aerial footage shows the two missing skiers had dug into snow in a bid to keep warm after they became lost in the Cairngorms

Two lost skiers
Two lost skiers

Two skiers who failed to return from the Cairngorm mountains survived a night of freezing temperatures by digging a hole in the snow for shelter.

One of the pair, realising they were lost as night fell on Tuesday, and sent a text message to a family member asking them to call for help.

The Cairngorm Mountain Rescue team began searching on Tuesday night before the hunt was stopped in the early hours owing to bad weather and poor visibility.

It resumed at first light on Wednesday morning, with both skiers found at around 7.40am “safe and well, albeit a little cold”, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

Neither required medical treatment and both were airlifted to the Mountain Rescue base to thaw out and warm up.

A happy conclusion this morning with yesterday’s Navigationally challenged ski tourers located after a cold night out in…

Posted by Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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