Tom Brown went missing after leaving Glen Nevis Youth Hostel

Tom Brown went missing after leaving Glen Nevis Youth Hostel

A major search by rescuers over the weekend has failed to find a walker missing in the Highlands.

Tom Brown was last seen 10 days ago in the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel and is believed to have gone walking in the Lochaber area.

His rucksack and belongings were found near the river close to Steall Falls, prompting repeated searches by Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.

The team was joined this weekend by volunteers from an RAF mountain rescue team, Mr Brown’s friends, the Coastguard and two animals and handlers from the Search and Rescue Dogs Association.

A Lochaber MRT spokesperson thanked all those who took part and said: “Lochaber team members have covered a huge area extending to over 70 sq km with no helicopter support.

“Unfortunately, the searches were not able to locate Tom but we will continue to search, albeit at a scaled-down level.”

The spokesperson said the team and the support organisations have been out on five occasions this week putting in more than 700 hours of searching.

Eric Cyl

Eric Cyl

Tom Brown, 65, of Lanarkshire, is the second walker to disappear in the Glen Nevis and Steall area recently. In June, a major search failed to find experienced hillwalker Eric Cyl after he was reported missing after heading for a trip in the same area.

More than 60 rescuers took part in the main operation to try to find Mr Cyl, who was believed to be in the Steall, Glen Nevis, Grey Corries, Aonach Beag or Mamores area.

Last month, police brought in a drone to try to locate 62-year-old Mr Cyl, but without success.

The Lochaber MRT spokesperson said: “We would ask any walkers on Ben Nevis, the Mamores, Grey Corries and Aonach Beag areas to keep looking and report back to police if they see anything which might lead us to recovering either Tom or Eric Cyl who has been missing in the same area since 30 May.”

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