Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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Skye Mountain Rescue's Team Leader has stepped down after 46 years.

Gerry Akroyd has managed over 1,500 call-outs and assisted countless walkers and climbers in the hillside during over four decades of service.

Mr Akroyd became Team Leader in 1972 and was awarded an MBE in 2010 for his service to mountain rescue.  The Skye Mountain Rescue Team took to Facebook in tribute of Mr Akroyd, saying: "He often practiced alone in the Cuillin Hills, with the RAF helicopter crews to establish approaches and winching sites, which led to many audacious rescues.

"He borrowed techniques and equipment from "rope access" to upgrade the teams' rigging systems - this has now been widely accepted across Scottish Mountain Rescue.

"On a national level, Gerry was a key figure in pushing for the radio networks and government funding which has made such a difference to every Scottish rescue team, and he always fought in the interest of Skye MRT, convinced that we had unique problems to deal with."

Neil Urquhart, Gerry's deputy for the last decade, has taken over the role as Team Leader, with James "Paddy" Stephenson taking the place as the new Deputy Team Leader.

Photographs from Skye Mountain Rescue SCIO Facebook page.

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