Missing hillwalker’s family start appeal

Jim's family are hopeful that they can have some closure in the near future
Jim's family are hopeful that they can have some closure in the near future

The daughter of a missing hillwalker has spoken of her heartbreak with the realisation that it is now very unlikely her dad will be found alive.

Jim Robertson, left Glasgow on Monday, February 29, and had been staying at Bob Scott’s Bothy in Glen Lui, west of Braemar.

The 61-year-old’s family raised the alarm when he failed to return to his home in Glasgow that Friday in time for a birthday dinner.

And despite a massive air and ground search for the experienced hillwalker no trace of him has been found.

Malcolm MacIntyre of Braemar Mountain Rescue Team said a “We have searched wide swathes of the range, taking in the plateau area around Ben Macdui as well as land to the west and east. It’s a massive area we have to cover.

“The helicopter has been out again and has covered a lot of ground and we’ve checked all the bothies but there has been no trace of Jim.

Lynn told The Extra: “Our family would like to thank everyone for their continued support through our time of heartache. We know it is likely that our dad has had a tragic accident and has succumbed to the elements somewhere on this mountain. To show our support for the amount of effort and time put into the search we have started a fundraising drive for the Braemar Mountain Rescue Team.”

The family had hoped to raise £1000, but to date have smashed that target by more than 750 per cent, raising £7524 as we went to press.

Lynn said: Can’t begin to put into words how we feel about exceeding our target. Every donation means so much to us, as it would to our dad.”

Donations can be made by visiting: www.justgiving.com/JimRobertson60/