Missing cyclist was discovered after spending night in the wild in Scots countryside

Police drafted in the assistance of Lomond and Ochils Mountain Rescue teams
-Credit: (Image: Lomond MRT)


A tourist who was taking in the Stirling countryside on his bicycle was forced to spend a night out in the open after getting lost.

A rescue mission was launched when the 61-year-old German tourist failed to return from a ride through the Carron Valley on Wednesday last week.

The unlucky cyclist - who was struck by poor weather conditions - was traced by rescuers the following day, close to his last known position, near Gargunnock, and treated for hypothermia.

It’s believed that the man took a wrong turn in the torrential rain, became lost and then began to feel the effects of the weather conditions.

By Thursday morning, volunteers from Drymen-based Lomond Mountain Rescue Team and Ochils Mountain Rescue team, located in Fishcross, Clackmannanshire, were drafted in to assist with the search for the cyclist.

The teams were called at around 7.45am on Thursday.

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The police helicopter finally located the man close to his last known position, with the mountain rescue crews being directed to the location quickly after.

A spokesperson for Lomond MRT said: “After initial medical assessment and treatment for hypothermia, the casualty was transferred to hospital by coastguard helicopter.

“Many thanks to colleagues from Ochils Mountain Rescue Team, Police Scotland, and especially the crew from Maritime and Coastguard Agency R199.”

They also paid special thanks to a farmer near Fintry for providing vital local information.