A MOUNTAIN rescue training day turned into a live callout for volunteers in the Ochils at the weekend.

The Ochils Mountain Rescue Team was taking part in a training day with partners on Sunday, April 7, to brush up on some searching techniques when they were drafted in by police to assist in an incident.

Police Scotland sought help in attending to a hill walker who suffered a back injury near the Skythorn Hill summit with search managers immediately bringing the training session to a stop.

The team's 4x4 vehicles were dispatched to pick some of the team up while others walked to rendezvous with the support vehicle.

A statement from the team said: "Skythorn is in the middle of the Ochils and far from any road so team members were driven as close as possible then made their way to the casualty location on foot.

"Once with the casualty team doctors attended to their injuries and then the team carried the casualty by stretcher for over an hour to reach the awaiting ambulance.

"We wish the casualty a speedy recovery and send our thanks to the other members of the hill walking group who were well equipped to deal with this situation and kept the casualty warm and dry until we arrived."

Earlier during training, the team worked with the Search & Rescue Aerial Association Scotland who flew a search pattern with their drone while four-legged team member Evie was also on hand to help search deep gullies and overgrown areas.

Thanks go to those who arranged the day and the three mock casualties for giving up their time.