Mountain res­cue teams tasked to 16th call­out of year

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

A BUSY start to 2019 con­tin­ues for the county’s two mountain res­cue teams as they re­sponded to their 16th call-out of the year on Satur­day.

Around 10.35 a.m. on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 23, both the Glen of Imaal Mountain Res­cue Team and the Dublin Wick­low Mountain Res­cue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána to as­sist a walker near Djouce mountain who had be­come dis­ori­en­tated in poor vis­i­bil­ity. The walker made the cor­rect de­ci­sion to call for help and mountain res­cue per­son­nel lo­cated them us­ing Sar­loc tech­nol­ogy be­fore send­ing a hill party to ren­dezvous with them at an agreed lo­ca­tion.

The walker was then ac­com­pa­nied off the hill and trans­ported to safety in a mountain res­cue ve­hi­cle. The in­ci­dent was stood down at 12.35 p.m. Mountain Res­cue would like to thank all agen­cies in­volved.

At around 2.25 p.m. the pre­vi­ous day (Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 22), both teams were alerted by the Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice to an in­ci­dent on Ti­brad­den Mountain. Mountain res­cue per­son­nel re­sponded and as­sisted an am­bu­lance crew that was treat­ing a walker who fell and sus­tained a sus­pected fore­arm frac­ture. The pa­tient was as­sisted to a mountain res­cue ve­hi­cle and trans­ported to a wait­ing am­bu­lance. The in­ci­dent was stood down at 3.18 p.m.

Ear­lier in the month, the teams re­sponded to two in­ci­dents in two days at Glen­dalough.

On Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 9, both crews were con­tacted by the gar­daí at 4.34 p.m. and made aware of a walker who had fallen and sus­tained a lower leg in­jury while de­scend­ing from the Spinc to the Gle­nealo Val­ley. Mountain res­cue per­son­nel as­sessed and treated the walker’s in­juries, be­fore pack­ag­ing them into a stretcher and car­ry­ing them from the hill to a wait­ing am­bu­lance. The in­ci­dent was stood down at 7.27 p.m.

Both teams were back the fol­low­ing day (Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 10) af­ter be­ing tasked by the gar­daí at 6,23 p.m. to as­sist a group of four walk­ers who had be­come dis­ori­en­tated in poor weather while de­scend­ing into Glen­dalough.

The group found their way to the car park just as the teams ar­rived on scene. The walk­ers were as­sessed and placed in mountain res­cue ve­hi­cles to warm up. Af­ter this, they made their way home and the in­ci­dent was stood down at 7.05 p.m.

Both the Glen of Imaal Mountain Res­cue Team and the Dublin Wick­low Mountain Res­cue Team wish to thank to all the agen­cies in­vovled in th­ese res­cues.

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