Mr Rhodes was reported missing after going walking in the Fisherfield Forest. Photo: Andy Beaton

Mr Rhodes was reported missing after going walking in the Fisherfield Forest. Photo: Andy Beaton

Rescuers in north-west Scotland have assured the family of missing walker Martin Rhodes that he has not been forgotten.

Mr Rhodes, of Halifax in West Yorkshire, went missing in the Fisherfield Forest after heading out for a walk in May last year.

Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team said, because of the coronavirus crisis, it was not possible to search for the 46-year-old at present.

Team leader Iain Nesbitt said: “Martin’s family and friends are very much on our minds at the present time.

Martin Rhodes left his accommodation on 1 May 2019

Martin Rhodes left his accommodation on 1 May 2019

“I would like to assure them that we will continue to search for him when it is once again possible for us to do so. A search had been planned for spring this year but current social distancing restrictions mean that has had to be postponed.”

Mr Rhodes left his holiday accommodation in Kinlochewe in Wester Ross on the morning of 1 May 2019 with the intention of walking in the Fisherfield Forest, often referred to as the Great Wilderness.

The area contains several of the most inaccessible munros in Scotland and the team said it believes he intended to climb at least one of those peaks before returning to his hotel.

Despite repeated searches conducted by the Dundonnell team, Torridon MRT, Search and Rescue Dogs Scotland and Coastguard and Police Scotland helicopters Mr Rhodes has not yet been found.

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