Men saved from icy deaths

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TWO WICK­LOW snow­board­ers were saved from an icy death last night af­ter be­ing plucked from snow-bound Lugnaquilla Moun­tain af­ter one the big­gest ever com­bined res­cue op­er­a­tions in Ire­land.

A huge res­cue op­er­a­tion swung into place to find the men who dis­ap­peared af­ter los­ing their map on the fog­bound moun­tain­side on Mon­day night.

Bri­tish RAF he­li­copters flew in res­cue teams from Wales to bol­ster teams from Sligo, Mayo, Le­in­ster and North­ern Ire­land.

Af­ter hours of air and ground searches the men were found alive, but suf­fer­ing from ex­po­sure.

‘Both are safe and well and have been trans­ferred to Tal­laght Hospi­tal,’ a source at the res­cue cen­tre near the base of the moun­tain said yes­ter­day evening.

One of the ca­su­al­ties is trans­ferred from an Ir­ish Coast Guard he­li­copter to an Army Air Corps he­li­copter be­fore be­ing brought to Tal­laght hospi­tal, yes­ter­day (Tues­day) evening. Pic­ture: Garry O’Neill.

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