Drivers caught out by snow on Carter Bar

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Heavy snowfall over Carter Bar last night (Wednesday) night left dozens of cars stranded in drifts on both sides of the border.

Border Search and Rescue Unit (BSRU) were called out, along with neighbouring Tweed Valley and teams from Northumberland, to work with police to rescue stricken vehicles and their drivers.

In an operation lasting until well into the small hours, cars and lorries were towed back to clear road to continue their journey from the border crossing on the A68.

“The specialists vehicles we use for mountain rescue are perfect for this type of thing”, observed BSARU’s Damon Rodwell. “The wild winter of 2010 saw us kept very busy with evacuating medical emergencies, snow clearance and various other weather-related operations,and we were delighted to be able to wade in again this time.”