Two men die following separate falls in the Mourne Mountains
Two men have died following separate incidents in the Mourne Mountains in Co Down yesterday.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said it received a request for assistance after a man was reported to have fallen while walking on Wee Binnian shortly before noon, while another man was reported to have fallen while walking on Slieve Commedagh just before 1pm.
“Police and other emergency services responded but unfortunately both men died at the scene. The deaths are not being treated as suspicious,” Inspector Frances McCullough said.
The Mournes are a very popular amenity for hill walkers. People have broken bones in accidents but fatalities on the mountains are unusual.
Local people said walkers faced very strong westerly winds yesterday and there was also poor visibility at times.
One of the deceased came from the Camlough area of Co Armagh, where local people were “devastated” at the news, according to the Sinn Féin MLA for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy.
Meanwhile, South Down DUP Assembly member Jim Wells said he understood that a man in his early 60s walking on Slieve Commedagh with his son lost his footing and slipped down a grassy slope of the mountain, suffering fatal injures when he struck a rock.
He saidthe second man who died on Wee Binnian fell 30 metres from the main face of the mountain.“It is awful. I’ve represented the area for 43 years and I’ve never come across this situation before,” he said.