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2011-11-06 21:26:53
Mountain Rescue
News release: Mountain Rescue responds to three separate incidents in Wicklow and Dublin

Large numbers of people took advantage of the fine weather over the weekend to spend time enjoying the hills in Dublin and Wicklow. Unfortunately a number of people required the assistance of mountain rescue teams after experiencing difficulties in three separate incidents.

In the first incident, on Saturday 5th November 2011, at 1pm a walker ascending Lugnaquillia experienced chest pains and weakness. The Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team & Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team immediately responded to the incident and rescuers reached the man and his companions by 1.30pm. The experienced medics were able to carry out an initial assessment of his condition and provide treatment in order to make him more comfortable. As a result of the potentially serious nature of the situation, the Irish Coastguard helicopter was tasked to airlift the Irish hill-walker. With the assistance of mountain rescue volunteers, the man in his 60's was winched aboard the Sikorsky helicopter at 2.00pm and transferred to Tallaght hospital for further treatment. The operation was completed by 2.30pm with everyone safely off the mountain.

The second incident happened at approximately 1.20pm on Sunday 6th October. A lady suffered an injury to her foot whilst out walking with friends near to Three Rock Mountain in the Dublin foothills. Unable to continue, the group communicated their position to the emergency services via 999/112. An HSE paramedic on a motorbike was the first to attend the scene and because of the inaccessible location he quickly requested assistance from Mountain Rescue. Team members from Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue and Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain rescue immediately responded and the lady was quickly treated and transported in a Mountain Rescue vehicle to a waiting ambulance.

In the third incident a lady in her early forties had reached the summit of the Sugarloaf, overlooking the N11 near Bray, late in the afternoon. As she began the tricky descent down one of the gullies near the top of the mountain, she slipped and fell and sustained a serious upper arm injury. Advanced paramedics from both the HSE and Mountain Rescue were quickly with the lady and together treated her for her injury. As daylight faded and temperatures dropped, it became clear that the nature of the injury meant the lady was not going to be able to safely make the descent herself. The decision was made to evacuate her from the mountain by stretcher and necessary equipment was carried up the steep ground to the casualty's location. Mountain Rescue teams carried her from near the top of the Sugarloaf to the base, where a waiting HSE ambulance transported her to hospital.

After the last callout, Brian O'Doherty, Public Relations Officer with the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team said "The past few weeks have been extremely busy for Wicklow's mountain rescue teams with 20 people requiring rescue over a two week period. This weekend's callouts demonstrate the large area covered by the two teams with the incidents in South Dublin and South Wicklow separated by over 60km."

We would like to thank all involved with the three incidents this weekend including Mountain Rescue volunteers from the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team & Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team, the Irish Coastguard, the Defence Forces and the Garda Síochana.

Brian O'Doherty
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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