Two searches under way for hillwalkers missing in 'challenging' conditions


Two major search operations have been launched for three hillwalkers missing overnight in "challenging" conditions.

A 65-year-old man was reported missing at 7.30pm on Friday after failing to return from a walk on Lochnagar, a mountain near Braemar in Aberdeenshire.

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".

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

A search is also under way for two male hikers aged 42 and 47 after they failed to return from a walk in the Glen Tilt area, near Blair Atholl, Perthshire.

The pair were reported missing at 8.50pm on Friday with mountain rescue and police teams continuing to search on Saturday.