Hiking is a popular pursuit, especially in the spring and summer months. If you’re going hiking, you’re probably hoping to stretch your legs and enjoy the views. Most people return home from hikes unscathed, but some encounter issues along the way. If you run into trouble, and you need help, it’s best to contact mountain rescue. Mountain rescue teams are trained to deal with emergency situations, and they will endeavour to rescue you as quickly as possible.
How to contact mountain rescue if you suffer an injury whilst hiking
If you suffer an injury whilst hiking, and you need urgent assistance, it’s best to contact mountain rescue as quickly as possible. You can do this by using your phone and calling 999. If you ask for the police and give the operator your exact location, they will contact the nearest mountain rescue team to you. If you don’t have a phone with you, use a whistle or a torch to try and attract attention or shout out and attempt to flag down passers-by. If you are going hiking, try and avoid going alone. If you are walking solo, make sure somebody knows where you are and when you plan to return. Always charge your phone before you set off. It’s also advisable to take a compass and a map with you whenever you go hiking. It can be very easy to get lost, and you can’t always rely on phone signal in remote areas. When you speak to a 999 operator, try and provide as much detail as possible about the incident, and your location. This will help rescue teams to find you swiftly.
Staying safe when you go hiking
If you’re planning a hike, take these safety tips on board:
- Wear suitable clothing and footwear to prevent slips, trips and falls
- Carry a first aid kit, compass, phone and map in your backpack
- Check the weather forecast and listen out for advice and warnings
- Stick to designated paths
- Pack water and snacks
- Plan your route in advance
- Hike with others
Can you claim compensation for a hiking accident?
If you’ve been injured whilst hiking, you may be considering claiming compensation for a hiking accident. To make a successful hiking accident claim, you must have evidence that shows that you were not at fault. If you’d like to find out more about claiming compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: March 13, 2017
Author: Accident Advice