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Peak Mountain Rescue celebrates 50th birthday

Kinder Mountain Rescue Team's lastest recruit: a Welsh border collie called KT. 

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Kinder Mountain Rescue Team's lastest recruit: a Welsh border collie called KT. All Rights Reserved - F Stop Press

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation on Monday, the Kinder team’s latest recruit led an exercise to find three ‘missing’ walkers lost in gale force winds on Kinder Scout in the Dark Peak.

KT, a two-year-old Welsh border collie, is still in training and is still probably a year away from becoming fully qualified.

Her handler Ian Burley, 49, said: “She’s showing lots of potential.

“She’s very keen. She’s already passed the first stage of her training and has another three assessments to pass before she can help us on real call-outs.

“She’s a ‘free-range-scenting dog’ and is learning to identify and locate the smell of any humans.

“It’s important we go ahead of the rest of the rescue team so their smells don’t throw the dog off the scent of the victims.

“She found all three of today’s ‘casualties’ and guided me to them, well before the rest of the team arrived.”

For her efforts, KT was rewarded with a squeaky toy.

 

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