Daughter of missing hillwalker issues desperate 'stay positive' message as search continues

The daughter of a hillwalker who went missing on a hike has appealed for help to trace her mum, as a frantic multiagency search continues.

Mercy crews have been scanning land and sea for Mary Molloy who vanished from the Isle of Rum on Saturday afternoon.

The 68-year-old was last spotted walking in the area between Trollabhal and ‘Bealach an Fhuarain’ at around 2.30pm on Saturday, May 25.

At around 6.30pm Mary was in contact with her family, but it's not known where she was at that time.

It is feared she may have become disorientated as he was trying to make her way back to the Dibidil area.

Police said they are becoming increasingly concerned for Mary’s welfare, who is described as being around 5ft 8in tall, of average build and with long grey hair.

She was last seen wearing a turquoise waterproof jacket, red trousers, brown walking boots, a blue hat and red gloves and carrying a grey rucksack.

Mary’s daughter, Kerry, has posted online asking people to “keep positive”.

She said on Facebook: “Mountain rescue and helicopter on Rhum now. Boat in water off coast as well. Trying to access her phone to get a location but we know roughly the route she was taking today. Please everyone keep positive and remember she is a tough old bird who’s hugely experienced on the hills.”

A host of rescue teams were drafted in to help with the search over the weekend. Coastguard Rescue first carried out a search of the island's shore, before team members were flown over to carry on with the ground search.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team say crews started on Saturday evening and worked tirelessly through to Sunday morning, with the heroic team given shelter in the local community hall.

In total six agencies, including a search and rescue dogs and lifeboat crews in Mallaig have been scrambled together in the search to find Mary.

A spokesperson for Lochaber Mountain Rescue said: "On Saturday evening the team was called out to search for missing hill walker, Mary Molloy on the Isle of Rum. After initial searches of the island by Coastguard Rescue 151, team members were flown over to carry on with the ground search.

A further number of team members were then transported onto the island by Mallaig RNLI. Working into the early hours of Sunday morning, some food and sleep was had in the community hall thanks to the hospitality of Hebnet and the island community.

"Since Sunday, members of Lochaber MRT, Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, Skye Mountain Rescue Team SCIO, Police Scotland Highland & Islands North MRT, HM Coastguard - Highland, Search & Rescue Dog Association (Scotland) & Mallaig RNLI have continued with the ongoing search.

"Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference 3149 of 25 May."

Inspector Graham Brown said: “Mary is a keen hillwalker but from what we’ve been told she may have become disorientated and failed to follow her planned route.

“We have specialist resources, including mountain rescue teams, helicopter and search dogs, in the area but we also need the public’s help with information.

“I’d appeal to anyone who was on Rum yesterday and thinks they may have seen someone matching her description to come forward. Also, anyone who may have known Mary’s intended route or areas she was keen to visit it urged to get in contact with us.”

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