Mountain rescuers come to aid of stranded Wolverhampton students

Mountain rescuers this afternoon came to the aid of more than 30 Wolverhampton school pupils who have been stranded in heavy snow on a remote Scottish island since Friday. 

St Edmund's Catholic School
St Edmund's Catholic School

Roads on the Isle of Arran were so bad that rescuers were unable to reach pupils from St Edmund’s and St Peter’s Collegiate Schools until today.

The students had been due to arrive back from Scotland on Friday but blizzards and high winds on the Scottish island stopped them from travelling back to the mainland.

Power had been down since Friday and water supplies were also cut off.

It comes as forecasters warned the icy conditions will continue across the country all week. The 18 students from St Edmund’s and the 14 students from St Peter’s today broke the news of their rescue to concerned parents.

Simon Edgington’s daughter Chloe, a 16-year-old pupil at St Edmund’s, was one of the students stuck on the island. Mr Edgington, of Lower Penn, said: “Chloe called me to tell me mountain rescue had arrived and she sounded relieved that they were all on a coach and heading to the ferry port.

“It’s the first time mountain rescue have been able to get to them because the roads have been blocked with snow since last week. She said the wheels on the truck were around 4ft high so it had better chance getting through the snow than their coach.

“I’m just looking forward to her coming back home. I know they’ve not had a shower since last week so I can imagine a hot shower is the first thing she’ll want when she gets here. We just want her home.”

A coach load of sixth form pupils from both schools travelled to the Scottish island last weekend.

They were there for A-level geography and staying at Loch Ranza on the island. The Isle of Arran has seen Arctic conditions over the weekend, with temperatures dropping to -4C (25F)

Adrian Richards, headteacher of St Peter’s Collegiate School, said: “The students are being transferred to the ferry port, which had not been running since last week.

“Once the students get off the ferry they then have to travel back to Wolverhampton, which is some journey for them. They are expected to be back here later this evening. We look forward to greeting them.”

Head of St Edmund’s School Deirdre Finucane added: “Our priority has always been the wellbeing of the students and staff and we have been in constant contact with them and the parents of pupils.

“We have reassured parents but understandably it will only be until their children are home they will feel the most relief.”

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Comments for: "Mountain rescuers come to aid of stranded Wolverhampton students"

hazza harris

There are worse Islands to be stuck on. Isle of Arran is one of the most beautiful places in all the U K. It will be cold, but Island hospitality knows no boudary, and I am sure the kids will be fine.

John Grainger

Like the previous person said Arran is beautiful I was there some years ago when I was a student at Dormston School in Sedgley, today I live in Vietnam but always the trip to The island. The people are so friendly there.

Trekker

Arran is anything but remote, as Scottish islands go, since it lies in the Firth of Clyde. It can be reached by a choice of two ferry crossings: from Ardrossan, Ayrshire in 50 minutes, or from Kintyre in 30 minutes. compared to the five and a half hour crossing from Oban to Barra, it is but a pleasant excursion. Strangely, Arran and Kintyre are seldom affected by such severe weather and there are presently 200 electrical technicians on the island trying to restore power.

Lorraine smith

I am one of the parents who's son was stuck on the island they are still in the same clothes from Friday and no power at all yes the islanders are still ther and it was the first time that they had snow and it stuck the students were only packed for Friday do the concern was to get they home smelly from lack of clothes when your st your own home you can cope but not twelve hours from home without fresh clothes or hot water I'm sure if it was your child you would feel really cheesed of by your tackless comments