Mountain rescue crews join desperate search for Scots hillwalker who vanished on hike

The Skye Mountain Rescue Team search for Mary
-Credit: (Image: Skye Mountain Rescue Team)


Mountain rescue crews have joined the desperate search for a hillwalker who went missing on the Isle of Rum.

Mary Molloy, 68, vanished during a hike at the weekend, with emergency services quickly called in to assist. The grandmother was last spotted walking in the area between Trollabhal and 'Bealach an Fhuarain' at around 2.30pm on Saturday, May 25.

It is feared that Mary may have become disoriented when making her way back to the Dibidil area. Pictures shared by the Skye Mountain Rescue Team on Tuesday showed crews desperately searching for Mary.

Helicopter crews joined the search
Helicopter crews joined the search -Credit:Skye Mountain Rescue Team

A helicopter could be seen hovering in the clouds while volunteers with binoculars scanned the mountains.

In a post on Facebook, a spokesperson for the rescue team said: "Over the past two days, eleven members of our team have been on the Isle of Rum searching for missing hillwalker Mary Molloy. Sadly, despite extensive efforts and covering much rough terrain, Mary has not yet been found. Our thoughts and best wishes are with Mary's family and friends during this difficult time.

Mary Molloy
Mary Molloy -Credit:Police Scotland

"We were there to assist Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, along with Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, Search & Rescue Dog Association (Scotland) , Polscot teams, and the Coastguard. We extend our gratitude to the helicopter crews in Inverness and the crew of the Mallaig RNLI lifeboat lifeboat for their assistance in transporting us to and from the search area, and to the folks on Rum for their hospitality."

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, previously 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.”

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

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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