72-year-old with chest pains is air­lifted off Lugnaquilla

Bray People - - NEWS -

A 72-YEAR-OLD man had to be air­lifted off Lugnaquilla by the coast guard af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing chest pains while out for a walk.

The gar­dai re­quested the as­sis­tance of both the Dublin and Wick­low Moun­tain Res­cue team and the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Moun­tain Res­cue team at 3 p.m. Satur­day af­ter­noon af­ter learn­ing a lone el­derly walker was hav­ing breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and felt chest pains. The res­cue teams re­sponded by set­ting up a res­cue base at the Bar­a­vor car park in the Glen­malure val­ley.

Team mem­bers were rapidly de­ployed onto the moun­tain due to the na­ture of the med­i­cal con­di­tion and the lo­ca­tion of the ill man. They re­quested as­sis­tance from the Ir­ish Coast Guard and scram­bled their res­cue he­li­copter call-sign ‘Res­cue 116’ based at Dublin Air­port.

The el­derly man was able to as­sist the he­li­copter in lo­cat­ing him by means of us­ing his mo­bile phone to talk with the coast guard con­trol in Dublin who helped the he­li­copter to find his lo­ca­tion on the moun­tain.

The walker, still suf­fer­ing from chest pains, was air­lifted and taken straight to Tal­laght Hospi­tal.

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