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2012-12-09 19:09:15
Man Rescued From Lugnaquilla, Co. Wicklow
At 3:30pm today, Sunday December 9th, the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and the Glen of Imaal Irish Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team were requested by An Garda Síochána to come to the aid of a male hill walker who had gotten lost when descending from Lugnaquilla in Co. Wicklow.

The walker in his 50’s who was a competent walker and a regular user of the mountains became disorientated during very tough weather conditions when he was descending from Lugnaquilla towards Baravore Carpark in Glenmalure.

Mountain Rescue Teams located the man using a technology called SARLOC which enables the teams to use his smartphone to pinpoint his location and provide a grid reference. Members of the mountain rescue teams made their way to the man’s location where they escorted him of the mountains.

For more information on SARLOC please see this RTE news report from earlier this year: http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0117/walking.html

Note: this is the second incident on Lugnaquilla in 24 hours.

Here are details of the first.

Yesterday Sat. 8th December 2012, at approx. 5.45pm mountain rescue services were called to assist in bringing 2 men down from Lugnaquillia. They had become disoriented in the snow and poor visibility whilst descending. A third member of the party had managed to descend to the Glenmalure lodge and raise the alarm. Commnunication was difficult on the night, but mountain rescue members were quickly assembled and dispatched to the Fraughan Rock Glen where the men began their hike.

Both Irishmen were found at about 7pm and assisted in walking down. The descent was quite slow as they were both in the early stages of hypothermia as they'd been in sub-zero conditions all day, and static above the Benleagh cliffs for several hours. The operation was completed by 9pm with everyone safely off the hill.

Thanks go to the staff of the Glenmalure lodge, An Garda Síochána, and of course to both mountain rescue teams (the Glen team were celebrating their Christmas party at the time).

Mountain Rescue Teams ask people to ensure to prepare themselves fully when hiking in winter as conditions higher on the mountain can be deceptively harsh - indeed arctic at the moment, with the snow line extending down to 500m in places.

Issued By

David Williams
Chairperson & Public Relations Officer
Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team
087 6222481

Hugh McLindon
Public Relations Officer
Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team

087 1798398

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