Missing woman who vanished on hike sparks multiagency search across land and sea

A multiagency search has been launched for a woman missing from a Scots Isle.

Mercy crews have been scanning land and sea for missing hillwalker 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' around 2.30pm on Saturday, May 25. She was in contact with family around 6.30pm with her whereabouts then unknown. It is feared that Mary may have become disoriented when making her way back to the Dibidil area.

Mary is described as around 5ft 8in tall, of average build with long grey hair. She was last seen wearing a turquoise waterproof jacket, red trousers, brown walking boots, blue hat and red gloves. She was also carrying a grey rucksack.

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.

Rescue crews spent all of Saturday night searching for Mary
Rescue crews spent all of Saturday night searching for Mary -Credit:Lochaber Mountain Rescue

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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