Two die in falls as high winds hit moun­tains

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

TWO men have died in sep­a­rate falls amid strong winds on a moun­tain range in North­ern Ire­land.

The walk­ers were killed within an hour of each other on the Mourne Moun­tains yes­ter­day.

The first fa­tal in­ci­dent hap­pened on the Wee Bin­nian hill shortly be­fore 12pm. The sec­ond man fell to his death on the Slieve Commedagh moun­tain just be­fore 1pm.

An­other man was in­jured in a third fall­ing in­ci­dent, in an area known as the Sad­dle, around 2.30pm. He sus­tained a bro­ken an­kle.

The Mourne Moun­tain Res­cue Team sup­ported by po­lice and other emer­gency ser­vices were in­volved in the two re­cov­ery and one res­cue op­er­a­tions.

The moun­tains are clas­si­fied as an area of out­stand­ing nat­u­ral beauty and are pop­u­lar with hill walk­ers.

Po­lice said there were no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances in the deaths.

The Po­lice Ser­vice of North­ern Ire­land’s Air Sup­port unit de­scribed the re­cov­ery and res­cue op­er­a­tions as ‘tough and chal­leng­ing’.

A tweet said: “In strong winds we man­aged to air­lift one male out but sadly the two oth­ers had died. Our thoughts are with their loved ones.”

PSNI deputy chief con­sta­ble Stephen Martin tweeted: “Sin­cere sym­pa­thy to the fam­i­lies of the two men who died.”

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