One of three rescued hillwalkers dies – BBC News

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Image caption Missing walkers (l-r) Bobby Thomson, George Crosbie and Jeffrey Stewart were found close to the village of Durisdeer

One of the three hillwalkers in their 60s and 70s rescued in Dumfries and Galloway has died, police have said.

The other two were being treated for hypothermia after being missing overnight on the Southern Uplands.

Bobby Thomson, 64, George Crosbie, 73, and 74-year-old Jeffrey Stewart had failed to return from a walk in the hills at Durisdeer on Tuesday.

The men were found on Wednesday afternoon and taken by helicopter to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

The walkers, who are said to be regular visitors to the Lowther Hills area of the Southern Uplands, left home at 08:30 on Tuesday for a trek and had been due to return at 15:30.

Police said the men were “experienced hillwalkers familiar with the area”.

Driving rain and very high winds had hampered the search overnight in the area north of Thornhill in Dumfries and Galloway.

A post on the Moffat Mountain Rescue team’s Facebook page described weather conditions in the area as “very wet and windy with very little visibility”.

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