Tributes pour in for mountain rescue leader, Malcolm Grindrod MBE

Tributes have been paid to an “inspirational” mountain rescue leader who paid a crucial role during the Lockerbie disaster.

Malcolm Grindrod MBE passed away on Monday.

The Vice President of Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs had been involved with search dogs for more than 40 years.

First through SARDA, and then with LDMRSD since its founding in 1972.
A rescue group spokesperson said: “It’s with great sadness that Malcolm passed away on Monday. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

“He played a leading role in developing the work of search dogs in the UK, and many handlers will owe their skills to training methods that he developed."

“A long-standing member of Langdale Ambleside and Coniston Teams and he played a leading role in organising the tasks for search dogs at the Lockerbie Incident in 1988.

“He was a pioneer of forging links with overseas training organisations in Norway, Iceland, Bavaria and the USA. “Among the UK search dog fraternity, there will be few who did as much to develop and support the handlers he trained.

“Above all, he was a committed and skilled Mountain Rescue team member right to the end. He will be greatly missed as a husband, father and friend but also as both as a source of information and inspiration.”

The regularly scheduled Pan Am transatlantic flight from Frankfurt to Detroit, via London and New York, was destroyed by a bomb 30 years ago, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew, as well as 11 people on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland.

Of the 270 total people killed as a result of the Lockerbie bombing, 190 were American citizens and 43 were British citizens. Many relatives of the passengers killed on Pan Am flight 103 travelled from the US after the disaster and were welcomed with open arms by Lockerbie locals.

Pic courtesy of Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs

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