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simon3
2010-12-25 23:02:38
Sally forth with Prat Nav
Today Christmas Day 2010 at 7.40pm a couple made contact with Mountain rescue to ask for them to come to their assistance. While leaving Glendalough and travelling to south Dublin the couple appeared to have followed the SAT-NAV in the their rental car and attempted a traverse of the Sally Gap.

Many people who live or travel in the Wicklow mountains would be familiar with the extremely difficult, and at times, impassible conditions of the Military road. Unfortunately, the tourist couple appear not to realise the dangerous nature of the journey that their onboard computer was advising them to undertake.

Mountain Rescue personnel are at present making their way to the scene and will bring the couple safely down from their position some 2 kms south of the Sally Gap. At present it is minus 3 degrees Celcius in the valley and is probably between minus 8 to minus 12 deg Celcius at their location. Hypothermia or exposure could present problems, but it is expected that rescue teams will reach them in the next hour.

We urge all motorists to stay away from the more difficult routes such as the Sally Gap until conditions improve. Also please keep in mind that with the thaw there is the possibility of flooding which can be every bit as dangerous to those travelling through the mountains.

Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team
Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team
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