On Sunday night at 11.55 pm a request came to Forth MRCC from Dundee City Council Emergency Planning Officer (EPO) asking for assistance in getting a care team to elderly residents in Dundee City.
The Coastguard transported a care team to residents who were all deemed to be at risk and vulnerable. In total seven residents were assisted by a care team consisting of three Care Officers.
In some areas snow was approximately 1 foot deep on the road and almost 3 feet where snow ploughs had banked up earlier snow falls. Ross Greenhill, Montrose Sector Manager and Coastguard rescue officer, Neil Rodwell from Arbroath Coastguard Rescue team were called out.
At 11.00 am yesterday, a call came from EPO for Angus Council requesting assistance in getting hot meals to elderly residents in the South Angus area. On arrival at a snow bound Kirriemuir, the Coastguard 4 X 4 was loaded with 17 hot meals and the Meals on Wheels representative.
Much time was taken up by careful driving around abandoned vehicles which had been buried in snow. Meals were delivered to locations between Kirriemuir, Forfar and Birkhill in the south of the district. Ross Greenhill, Montrose Sector Manager and DSO Scott Constantine, Deputy Station Officer of Montrose Coastguard rescue team were called out.
Ross Greenhill, Coastguard Sector Manager, Montrose said:
We are pleased that we could assist the local authority in the delivery of services to the elderly and vulnerable. It has been challenging in the conditions that we have faced, but it has been extremely rewarding for our coastguard volunteers to know that their efforts have been appreciated by those that they have assisted.
Notes to Editors:
Coastguard rescue officer Scott Constantine handing a hot meal to Mrs Cargill of Birkhill near Dundee.