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11 year old boy sent for help - bravo to him but mum sounds like a numpty!

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Northernlurker Thu 23-Jul-09 16:23:29


Sounds like he did a great job but I would never consider putting my 11 year old in that position. I think she should have left the adult alone - hard as that might have been rather than expecting a child to navigate obviously challenging terrain. Adults get lost on straightforward paths never mind a scared and tired 11 year old. Alls well that ends well though I suppose.

MrsBadger Thu 23-Jul-09 16:26:24

I can't believe they moved

if you send someone for help with directions how to find you the last thing to do is move from your last known location, iyswim

brave lad though

claricebeansmum Thu 23-Jul-09 16:29:44

What a lot of numpties! Agree with Mrs Badger too - stay and wait for help - that way you can't fall down a ravine!

Something about them having a three legged dog too makes me LOL grin

Pleased they are all OK - could have been alot worse.

Olihan Thu 23-Jul-09 16:30:38

Agree, mrs b. Sounds like they really had luck on their side. Trying to walk down a rocky path in the dark, when they'd sent for help already is incredibly stupid.

It always amazes me how many people go out on these type of walks completely unprepared and uninformed about basic safety and emergency procedures.

Northernlurker Thu 23-Jul-09 16:36:29

I know! I think they set out too late in the day as well. (And yes the 3 legged dog did have me chuckling) They were lucky the weather didn't go bad on them as well.

cat64 Thu 23-Jul-09 16:39:44

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Northernlurker Thu 23-Jul-09 16:41:12

I think they were intending to camp overnight - but even so you need to start earlier or you end up falling down a ravine struggling in the dark.

FranSanDisco Thu 23-Jul-09 16:51:06

Not well planned really was it shock.

dilemma456 Sat 25-Jul-09 00:45:16

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Granny23 Sat 25-Jul-09 01:12:34

I get really cross with people who set out like this, totally unprepared and without telling anyone where they are going. Really irresponsible in this case as the DD was only 7! They did not intend to camp out overnight - they had arrived in the area, set up camp and then gone for a 'walk' before tea (info from local paper). There are accidents and there is gross stupidity.

NL says 'all's well that ends well' but what about the helicopter scrambled from Lossiemouth? Thousands of pounds it costs and WE pay the bill. Meanwhile, our troops are suffering because of a shortage of helicopters.........

Olihan Sat 25-Jul-09 01:21:06

The mountain rescue teams must get so hacked off having to rescue numpties like this. It's such a complete waste of resources. Makes me really angry.

Waht would have happened if the 11yo had fallen and broken his leg? All alone, no one knowing where he was, dark falling and no help on the way for any of them.

The more I think about this the crosser I get with the mother.

Why on earth didn't they leave the grandad and go together? He would have been at least risk out of all of them.

Stupid, stupid woman.


edam Sat 25-Jul-09 18:53:15

Blimey. Fantastic kid but idiot mother (and Grandad - although he has the excuse that he presumably really wasn't feeling very well at all).

bronze Sat 25-Jul-09 18:58:07

Agree with Edam except Grandads a numpty too. They set out on this walk without the knowledge/experience/right equipment so hes equally toblame

FabBakerGirlIsBack Sat 25-Jul-09 18:59:21

Kid - fantastic.

Mum - stupid and irresponsible.

Dog - words fail me. grin

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