Hillwalker still missing after mountain search

A hillwalker remains missing after a series of mountain searches in 100mph winds.

The 65-year-old man was reported missing on Lochnagar, near Braemar in Aberdeenshire, when he failed to return from a walk around 7.30pm on Friday.

Braemar and Aberdeen Mountain Rescue teams were called out alongside the Coastguard Rescue 951 helicopter, but faced what were described as "challenging conditions up high".

The helicopter was hampered by blizzards and cloud on Friday, but a search on foot was mounted overnight and reconvened at first light on Saturday.

Braemar Mountain Rescue posted on Facebook: "Unfortunately after more searches today in the Lochnagar area the missing male has not been located, again testing conditions for the troops with a gust of over 100 mph recorded on nearby Cairnwell.

Team called out last night along with Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team for a missing male on Lochnagar. Coastguard Rescue 951 also deployed, unfortunately male not located and the search continues this morning, challenging conditions up high.

Posted by Braemar Mountain Rescue on Friday, January 26, 2018

"Thanks for the assistance from RAF Lossiemouth, Duddon and Furness (who were winter training in the area) Mountain rescue teams and dogs from Sarda Scotland.

"The search will continue tomorrow."

Earlier, two other missing hillwalkers were found safe in the Glen Tilt area, near Blair Atholl, Perthshire.

The pair, aged 42 and 47, were reported missing at 8.50pm on Friday but were traced safely by the coastguard search and rescue helicopter on Saturday.

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