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Rise in Scottish mountain deaths
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The rescue services dealt with more deaths last year than in 2008. Many were elderly people out walking and suicide victims.

The figures come from the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland.

The biggest increase comes from people committing suicide and choosing the mountain environment in which to do it.

"Teams are getting used more and more for dealing with suicides, which sadly have increased," says a spokesman from the Mountain Rescue Committee.

The other increase is in elderly people out walking or hiking who then over exert themselves and suffer problems.

Busier than everBusier than everOf those injured skiing and climbing one of the worst incidenet was near Glencoe last December as we have already reported here on PlanetSKI.

The heavy snowfalls and cold weather of last winter also contributed to the rise in incidents.

Deaths among walkers and climbers rose from 20 to 27.

228 people were injured.

The rescue teams dealt with 558 incidents in the year.

402 of these were mountaineering incidents.

Teams were called out 156 times on non-mountaineering incidents.

There were 58 deaths and 30 people injured.

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