Callout 4 - 14th January 2018 - Lugnaquilla
At 16:20 on Sunday, January 14th, Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána to assist 5 walkers in their 20s who became disorientated while descending from Lugnaquilla in poor weather.
The group was located by a mountain rescue (MR) hill party. One of the walkers, who had sustained a lower leg injury, was assessed by MR medics. The group, escorted by MR personnel, descended via Art’s Lough. They were picked up on the nearest forest track by MR vehicles and transported safely off the hill. The incident was stood down at 20:33. ... See MoreSee Less
Call Out - As if to prove a point the team were tasked last night at 7.30pm to reports of 2 people lost on Croaghaun Mountain. Mayo Mountain Rescue and the Gardai were also on their way from Westport. The conditions in Achill at the time were dark, high winds, F6 /F7, with driving rain and heavy fog. Probably the worst conditions to search in. Due to the fog, the Irish Coast Guard Rescue helicopter from Sligo could not be used. GPS coordinates were supplied to the team suggesting a possible location of casualties in the locality of the Deserted Village. The team quickly assembled and began a search in this vicinity. We had sporadic mobile phone contact with the casualties who really had no idea of their location at all. We utilised all of our skills and equipment - firing white parachute flares to see if the casualties could see or hear us - they didn't. We then spread our search wider covering from Silver Strand in Dugort to Annagh Hill in Dooagh and the ground in between. By turning vehicle lights on and off we established that the casualties could see one of our vehicles that was at the Acorrymore Lake at the foot of Croaghaun Mountain. All search teams then made their way to this new location. We were then joined by Mayo Mountain Rescue. Teams were allocated and briefed and were then dispatched in the pitch black fog in an attempt to bring these 2 home to safety. The three teams carefully picked their way through very rough, steep and boggy terrain in a systematic planned method. With the intermittent contact that we had with the casualties. Their mobile was nearly out of battery and we knew that they were very cold and wet. We established that they could see lights and hear search teams both above and below them. Using our team's local knowledge we homed in on them, eventually reaching them at just around midnight - four and a half hours after setting out for them. For those that know the area, they were located just below the old aircraft engines - not a good spot in pitch black foggy conditions. The casualties were then led out to safety and checked over by a waiting ambulance team from the National Ambulance Service. The search covered a straight line distance of 10 km (Dugort to Dooagh) on steep boggy ground in the pitch dark with visibility in the fog down to 100 metres at times. It was an excellent example of interagency cooperation and thankfully we received a positive result. We all eventually got home by 3am, some 6 and a half hours after the first call. Well done all again - your dedication to the community and visitors to Achill is to be commended. Please stay safe, make sure that if you are venturing out you are properly prepared and know where you are. The experienced people in the search believed that these 2 would not have survived the night if they had not been found.
At 16:20hrs on Sunday 14th January 2018, Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána to assist 5 walkers in their 20’s who became disorientated while descending from Lugnaquilla in poor weather.
The group was located by an MR hill party, and one of the walkers, who had sustained a lower leg injury was assessed by MR medics. They descended via Art’s Lough and were picked up by MR vehicles and transported safely off the hill. The incident was stood down at 20:33 ... See MoreSee Less
It was a busy weekend for one of our handlers, Eadaoin O'Gorman. After assisting with SARDA's street collection in Cork all day on Saturday and attending training with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association on Sunday, Eadaoin and search dog Murphy were then called out at 5pm on Sunday when SEMRA were alerted to a hill-walking group in difficulty on Galtymore Mountain. The dog team covered several areas in extremely difficult weather conditions before the missing hikers were located by one of the search parties; the group was then escorted safely down off the mountain. Éadaoin and Murphy form one of the two new SARDA teams who passed their assessments in November, and this was their first callout as a qualified search dog team. Well done to the pair of them! ... See MoreSee Less
South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association added 2 new photos.
SEMRA have just completed a long evacuation of a large hill walking group from the Galtee Mountains. The group were overcome by severe weather conditions and very poor visibility on the summit of Galtemor earlier today. They successfully made their way off the summit, but once daylight faded they sheltered until Mountain Rescue personnel were able to locate them in the dark and escort them down to the valley. All members of the walking group and all SEMRA members are now safely off the mountain. Conditions on the mountain tonight made the evacuation very difficult with low cloud, driving rain & severe wind gusts. SEMRA would like to that An Garda Siochana in Thurles, Cahir & Tipperary for their assistance with this incident. ... See MoreSee Less