Man dies in sleep while camping

a Cumbrian man died in his sleep while camping in the Galloway Hills last week.

Carer Geoffrey Richardson, aged 48, was part of a walking group - which included 12 autism sufferers and their nine carers.

The alarm was raised when Mr Richardson was found dead when the party awoke in the morning.

Mr Richardson passed away at Tunskeen Bothy near to Loch Macaterick. The bothy is located within the Galloway Forest area, approximately eight miles from the nearest public roadway.

A search and rescue helicopter was used to transfer Mr Richardson to Ayr hospital.

Police inspector, Andy Clapperton, said: “It would appear that he passed away of natural causes during his sleep.

“Officers from Girvan together with a local ambulance crew and Forestry Commission staff, assisted in the recovery.

“The party were assisted off the hillside by the police and taken back to their camp base at Glentrool.”