A LANDROVER belonging to the Ochils Mountain Rescue Team became trapped during a routine training exercise - resulting in them being the ones calling for help.

During the exercise, which took place on Friday (February 9) the MRT were carrying out 4x4 off-road training.

The team took the vehicle on to some muddy terrain, leading to one of their Landrovers sliding off road.

They eventually managed to recover the vehicle after calling on John of ‘Piper 1 Recovery’ who contacted George from GEMM 4x4 in Larbert to help.

In a post published on their Facebook page, the Ochils MRT thanked John, George and George's colleague Bobby for their assistance during their exercise.

They said: “Ochils MRT are committed to responding to call outs, any hour, any day, any weather.

“To ensure we’re capable, OMRT train regularly to keep our skills current and kit ready for the inevitable.

“On Friday, we were in the Ochils carrying out off-road 4x4 training. The team soon encountered some very poor under wheel conditions, resulting in one of our Landrovers (Landys) sliding off road.

“While all persons walked away uninjured, the team vehicle required assistance to be moved safely.”

George, who has supported the Ochils MRT team by maintaining vehicles in the past and is an expert in off-road recovery, was called in to help bring the vehicle back on to the road.

Despite the poor weather conditions, George and Bobby, using two of GEMM 4x4's Landrovers, and assisted by Kev, one of Ochils MRT's incident managers, managed to extract the vehicle. 

Ochils MRT continued: “Supporting our community is at the heart of Ochils MRT’s values. It wouldn’t be possible to deliver this, without support from our community and local businesses.

"We would like to thank Gemm 4x4 and Piper 1 recovery for their immediate response and the incredible skills of George and Bobby in recovering the vehicle."

‘Landy Two’ has now been washed, checked over and readied for operations again.