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simon3
2007-06-04 21:40:04
8 Rescued within 36 hours on Lugnaquillia
On Monday 4th June we came across 2 people who had walked over Lug from Knockanarrigan and arrived at the road in Aughvanagh asking for where they started at Fentons Pub (distance 11k from their finish). We gave them a lift back and enjoyed a pint.). But this was small compared to the more serious sequence of events that occurred earlier in the weekend on this mountain as described in the press release below from Mountain Rescue. Draw your own conclusions about the level of preparation of some of the people on high summits and on the wisdom of this sort of challenge (run by a charity totally unrelated to hillwalking and, I would guess, by professional fundraisers ) which is attracting some of them.

***** Press Release Starts *****

Saturday 2nd June at 1.50pm, the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were alerted by Gardai to an incident on Lugnaquillia Mountain (nestled between Glenmalure and the Glen of Imaal in Wicklow).

Three male walkers were reported lost on the mountain due to bad weather conditions. The cloud base was extremely low on Saturday, making visibility very poor and navigation was almost impossible because the three men did not carry a map or a compass. They were located by Mountain Rescue personnel in the Ow Valley area and assisted down from the mountain.

During this incident, the Mountain Rescue teams received a second call-out which was unfurling on the same mountain at the same time. Two female walkers who were training for the upcoming 4 Peaks Challenge also found themselves in trouble – the same reasons applied. Poor weather conditions and no map or compass. They were instructed to await MR personnel at the summit of Lugnaquillia. A walking group came across the pair and began walking them down the Camarahill side of the mountain where they were met by an approaching Mountain Rescue Party.

Later that same evening (6pm approx), the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team received a third call-out for two further female walkers lost on Lugnaquillia. Again, these walkers were training for the 4 Peaks Challenge and although this pair was equipped with a map and compass, they were unable to use them in poor weather conditions. They were located by a Mountain Rescue party near Little Slaney Brook and assisted down from the mountain.

Sunday 3rd June at approximately 10.30pm, Gardai again requested the assistance of the teams in locating a lone male walker who became disorientated upon descending Lugnaquillia. The man awaited rescue by teams in his survival bag and was located around 1am and assisted down from the mountain. Once again, this walker was poorly equipped for navigation and had neither a map, compass nor torch with him.

Hill-Walkers are reminded that a map and compass are an essential part of your walking kit and knowing how to use them effectively is vital. Beginner walkers are urged to walk with someone who can navigate well or with a walking club.

A fundraising BBQ in aid of the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team will take place in Fenton’s Pub between 1pm and 5pm, Sunday next (10th June). All are welcome and your support is very much appreciated.

The Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team are both registered charities comprising entirely of unpaid volunteers.

Thanks to:
Irish Defence Forces (Glen of Imaal)
Gardai

Cindy Doyle (PR) / Gerry Condron (PR)

Glen of Imaal Red Cross MRT / Dublin/Wicklow MRT
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