Three res­cues in one day for busy moun­tain res­cues teams

Bray People - - NEWS -

AF­TER a rel­a­tively quiet pe­riod, Wick­low’s two moun­tain res­cue teams were called out three times on Satur­day last.

A 8.10 a.m. on Satur­day, Au­gust 5, The Glen of Imaal Red Cross Moun­tain Res­cue Team and Dublin Wick­low Moun­tain Moun­tain Res­cue Team were called to Bal­li­nas­toe Woods where a young male moun­tain biker had fallen from his bike and col­lided with a boul­der.

The young man was as­sessed by moun­tain res­cue medics and stretchered to a wait­ing am­bu­lance, which brought him to hos­pi­tal.

At 3.45 p.m., the teams were called to the Art’s Lough area of Glen­malure where a woman who was de­scend­ing steep ground with her friends was in­jured as she took a con­sid­er­able fall.

Given the dif­fi­cult na­ture of the ter­rain and the woman’s in­juries, the moun­tain res­cue teams re­quested the as­sis­tance of the Coast Guard he­li­copter, which ar­rived on scene very quickly. The ca­su­alty was winched on board and flown to hos­pi­tal.

Yet again the two teams were called into ac­tion that night when, at 9.30 p.m., they were asked by the Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice to as­sist an am­bu­lance at Knocksink Wood Na­ture Re­serve in the Enniskerry area. A man had fallen from a steep bank and had sus­tained in­juries. Moun­tain re­suce per­son­nel stretchered the in­jured man from the steep ground to a nearby track, where the am­bu­lance was await­ing his ar­rival.

Three res­cues and al­most 14 hours af­ter the first call-out, the teams were stood down at 10.05 p.m.

Both teams have ex­tended their thanks to all those who as­sisted in these suc­cess­ful res­cues, par­tic­u­larly the Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice and the Coast Guard.

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