Motorists stranded in heavy snow in Dumfries and Galloway thank rescuers

Two Polish businessmen who became stuck in heavy snow in southern Scotland have thanked their rescuers.

The men encountered the severe conditions as they travelled from Edinburgh to Dumfries, via the A702 in Dumfries and Galloway on Tuesday night.

They were among 12 people who were rescued after vehicles including a tanker, bus and several cars were abandoned on the Dalveen Pass.

Rescue teams said they encountered 18 inches (45cm) of snow and strong winds.

Jarek Grudowski and Piotr Bukolt were about 30 miles from their destination when their car became stuck in snow near Durisdeer.

"There was extremely heavy snow," Mr Grudowski told BBC Scotland.

"We were stuck, the car couldn't move. In front of us there were a few trucks and some other cars which were also abandoned already."

Fortunately, a rescue team soon appeared and took the men to their hotel.

Mr Grudowski said: "I would like to thank the mountain rescue team because they helped us immediately and took us to the hotel so we were on time."

Mr Bukolt was also relieved.

"Yes I was happy," he said. "This is the best business trip with Jarek in my life."

A large swathe of the south of Scotland was covered by a Met Office amber weather warning of snow while the rescue operation took place on Tuesday.

Charlie McCreedie was one of the four members of the Moffat Mountain Rescue Team who were on standby.

He said they got the call to go to the Dalveen Pass on the A702, between the M74 and A76, after 21:00.

"The A76 was completely clear, but when you got to the higher ground it was snowing quite heavily," he said.

"The road was completely blocked then by vehicles and snow."

Mr McCreedie and his team brought two off-road vehicles, but had to wait a further hour for a snow plough to clear the path to safetyRead More – Source

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