MOUNTAIN rescue volunteers in the Wee County were called into action on the second day of the new year.

The Ochils Mountain Rescue Team was called out by Police Scotland on Saturday, January 2, afternoon to assist a walker who suffered a fall in the Craigmead area of West Lomond.

Medics from the team worked with a Scottish Ambulance Service crew to stabilise the walker's injuries while the rest of the rescue team made it up the hill.

The casualty was then secured into a rescue stretcher and was slowly sledged off the hill in extremely slippery conditions to a waiting ambulance.

On social media, the rescue team said: “The paths around West Lomond and most of the poplar local hills in our area are very icy at the moment following the snow last week then the freeze thaw cycle.

“With current cold temperatures forecast we expect this to be the case for for a while yet.

“Remember if you find yourself in need of assistance call 999 ask for police then Mountain Rescue.

“As always we wish the casualty a speedy recovery.”

The team were also spotted near the summit of Ben Cleuch a few days earlier on Monday, December 28.

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On that occasion members of the rescue team assisted a walker with a leg injury, following a call from police.

A member of the team was on a nearby hill and immediately made his way to the location.

The trusty rescue stretcher was again used to carry the casualty down the hill to the team's Landrover following treatment.