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At approx 1530hrs on Saturday 13th April the the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team received a request for assistance from a mountain runner suffering from exhaustion and exposure. The male runner who was taking part in a British Championship Race got into difficulties close to the summit of Slievenaglogh. Race marshals and team members in the area provided immediate assistance followed by support from the team. The casualty was stabilised before being able to be evacuated to road access and transferred to further assistance. Twelve team members responded and were later stood down at 1846hrs. The Mourne MRT is a voluntary 999 emergency rescue service on call 24/7/365 if you would like to support their work you can donate online at www.justgiving.com/newlandrover.
South Eastern Mountain Rescue had a busy weekend. On Saturday afternoon January 26th 2013 at approx 3pm the team responded to a call from 999 informing them that a lady had fallen in the Western end of the Galty Mountains. A full team call out ensued. Many team members were in Doolin County Clare attending the Annual General Meeting of Mountain Rescue Ireland. Assistance was sought from Tramore Rescue Team who also responded to the call with SEMRA members. Upon arrival a party was deployed onto the hill. Once located the casualty was assessed by the team medics. Having suffered a lower leg injury the lady was transferred from the hill to a waiting HSE Ambulance. Conditions were very wet underfoot on the day. On Sunday morning January 27th at 10.51am another call came alerting the team of a male walker who sustained a suspected lower leg injury on Slievenamon. SEMRA were tasked by Clonmel Gardai. Again a full team call out was put in place and members made their way to Slievenamon. Once located the casualty was assessed. SEMRA sought assistance from MRCC ( Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre ) and Rescue 117 was deployed to the scene to assist SEMRA. The casualty was airlifted from the hill to Waterford Regional Hospital where further treatment was carried out. South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association is an emergency 24/ 7/ 365 , voluntary Search and Rescue team covering all the Mountains of the South East of Ireland and is funded mainly by donation and public generosity. Should you require any further information on this please contact me. Annie Ryan PRO South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association Tel: 086 1905726
Just before 1pm on Saturday 19th January South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) responded to a callout from Emergency Services regarding a group of injured walkers in The Comeragh Mountains. The walkers had been attempting to climb a gully in the vicinity of Coumshingaun Lake when they got into difficulty. Following a week of wet weather and torrential rain the night before the incident took place, three of the four climbers slipped and fell from a height of c 30 -50 metres. They immediately contacted Emergency Services and South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association members rapidly made their way to the site of the incident. An Incident Base was established in Kilcloony Woods which lies in the direction of the Lemybrien - Carrick on Suir road. The injured walkers were assessed by SEMRA paramedics and found to have upper body injuries sustained from the fall. Conditions were wet under foot and the callout occurred in heavy drizzle. The Fire Service and HSE ambulance services also attended the incident and the casualties were transported to Waterford Regional Hospital for medical assistance. SEMRA received an emergency call later the same afternoon regarding walkers in The Galtees who also found themselves in difficulty. Team Leader Ray Bradfield commented " In this wet winter weather it's not surprising for us to experience a surge in callouts. We appeal to walkers to exercise extreme caution when considering taking to the hills at this time of the year . Always check a reliable weather forecast particular to the area, bring plenty food and a hot drink, wear correct walking attire to include hillwalking boots and bring extra layers of clothes and waterproofs.The mountains have a unique microclimate and the weather there can change with alarming speed. Should any walkers need our assistance on the mountains, please call 999 or 112 and ask for Mountain Rescue. " South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association is an emergency 24/ 7/ 365 , voluntary Search and Rescue team covering all the Mountains of the South East of Ireland and is funded mainly by donation and public generosity. Should you require any further information on this please contact me.
Today Sunday 6th January, An Garda Síochána tasked the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and the Glen of Imaal Irish Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team to the first of 2 separate rescues this afternoon which involved 5 people. The first callout occurred at 11:35 hrs and it involved a man in his 50’s who was descending the zig-zag track into the Miners Village in Glendalough. He had been walking with his family when he tripped and fell, badly cutting his face and incurring a neck injury. He was met my members of the mountain rescue teams where he was treated for his injuries and stabilised with the help of An Garda Síochána. Do to the nature of his injury an Irish Aer Corps helicopter was tasked to his location Due to the weather conditions and high winds the helicopter was unable to complete an airlift in Glendalough and instead routed to Laragh GAA pitch. The patient was transported by road by a HSE ambulance to the Laragh GAA pitch where a transfer was completed at 14:00hrs and he was flown to Tallaght hospital for further treatment. In the second incident which occurred at 14:20hrs the teams where again tasked by An Garda Síochána to come to the aid of 4 walkers, who were in 2 separate groups of 2 (3 Males & 1 Female) who had gotten lost whilst descending Lugnaquilla, Wicklow’s highest Mountain. The separate groups had both summited the mountain and upon descend took a wrong turn and end up in the wrong valley. Both parties were due to descend into the Glen Of Imaal but descended into the Ow Valley. The first group a Male and A Female in their 20’s having realised they were lost in very bad visibility had alerted Mountain Rescue that they were lost were then meet met by the second group of Males. The decided to stick together as a group until they were met by Mountain Rescue. The group were located using the SARLOC custom built mountain rescue location program with the use of their smartphone. Once located a number of team members were dispatched to their location where they were met and walked of the mountain to a waiting 4x4 vehicle. They were transported back from the Ow Valley to their vehicles in the Glen of Imaal by 16:00hrs. Mountain Rescue would like to thank all those involved in both successful rescues including An Garda Síochána Irish Aer Corps HSE Ambulance Service Wicklow National Park Issued By David Williams Chairperson & Public Relations Officer Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team 087 6222481 Hugh McLindon Public Relations Officer Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team 087 1798398 Mountain Rescue is a registered charity GOIMRT - Charity No. : CHY 3950 DWMRT - Charity No. : CHY 10148 Mountain Rescue Ireland - Charity No.: CHY 10412