Call Out 02: Lugnaquillia Rescue 16/01/16

At approximately 15.40hrs on Saturday the 16th of January both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Siochanna to come to the aid of a Hillwalker suffering from hypothermia, near the Summit of Lugnaquillia. The Hillwalker who became unwell was with friends who raised the alarm and started the process of looking after him until help came.

A member of Mountain Rescue was descending the Mountain in the other direction when the call came in and was able to turn around and return to the summit before making his way to the casualty. Visibility was poor but the Mountain Rescue member was able to join up with the group quickly, by requesting they use whistle blasts. After an initial assessment and once the casualty was placed in a blizzard vest it was decided to keep him moving as he was able to walk with assistance. A Mountain Rescue hill party eventually met with the group above the Fraughan Rock glen and assisted in helping the man down to safety. By the time he arrived at Rescue Base in Baravore he was in good spirits. The operation was stood down at 18.57hrs.

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved and would also like to thank the man’s companions who did an outstanding job in helping their friend on the night.

Call Out 01: Lugnaquillia Incident 15/01/16

At aproximately 13.49hrs on Friday the 15th of January both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked simultaneously by An Garda Siochanna and Irish Coast Guard to respond to a request for help for a Hill Walker on the Summit of Lugnaquillia.  Two hill parties were airlifted high onto the mountain before making their way to the summit where they found and evacuated the person via stretcher to Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116. The operation was then stood down.

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved.

Call Out 65: Bray Head Rescue 29/12/15

At approximately 15.06hrs on Tuesday the 29th of December both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Siochanna to come to the assistance of a young man who had suffered a lower leg injury while out walking on Bray Head. The man, who was over from America had been out walking with friends when the incident occurred.

Mountain Rescue personnel who were in the area at the time were able to respond quickly in reaching the injured man. Once he had been treated by MR medics he was stretchered to a waiting ambulance before being transported to hospital for further care.

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved, including: HSE Ambulance Service and Coast Guard personnel

Call Out 64 Bray Head Rescue 27/12/15

Shortly after 14:00hrs on Sunday 27th December both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána to come to the assistance of a 10 year old boy who fell from a tree on Bray Head. The boy had been walking with his family when he fell just over two metres from the tree he’d been climbing.

Advanced Paramedics, from both HSE National Ambulance Service and mountain rescue (MR), assessed and treated the boy’s injuries. MR personnel stretchered the boy to a waiting ambulance. The incident was stood down at 15:40hrs.

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved, including: HSE National Ambulance Service and An Garda Síochana.

Call Out 63: Sugarloaf Rescue 16/12/15

At approximately 13:00hrs on Wednesday December 16th both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána to come to the assistance of a teenage girl on the Sugarloaf. The girl had been walking with a school group, when she sustained a lower leg injury.

Advanced Paramedics from the Health Services Executive (HSE) were also on-scene and assessed the girl’s injuries. It was decided to airlift the girl to hospital. The Irish Coastguard helicopter Rescue 116 was tasked to perform the lift. The operation was stood down at 13:45hrs.

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all the agencies involved, including: An Garda Síochána, HSE National Ambulance Service, and the Irish Coast Guard.

Call Out 62: Tinahely Rescue 22/11/15

Members of Mountain Rescue did not have much time to rest after the huge success of last nights Moonlight Challenge. It was straight back to business for our rescue volunteers today, Sunday the 22nd of November when at approximately 15.51hrs both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Siochanna to assist in the extraction of a woman who had suffered a lower leg injury after being kicked by a horse near Tinahely, in an area known as Curravanish.

A HSE ambulance crew who were first on scene had treated the woman for her injuries and had requested Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 to airlift her from the scene. Mountain Rescue assisted by helping to stretcher her to a better position and and also to control the highline on the helicopter so as both winchman and causality could be lifted onto Rescue 116 safely.

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved including: HSE Ambulance Service and Irish Coast Guard

Call out 61: Kippure Incident 16/11/15

Shortly after 3.30pm on Monday the 16th of November both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Siochana to investigate a possible distress signal that had been reported.

A college group returning to Dublin via the Sally Gap had been passing near Kippure Mountain and had seen what they believed were repeated sets of six torch flashes which is an international distress signal. At the time of the sighting the summit of Kippure was not in cloud and the informant was certain that the sighting had nothing to do with the lights on the mast and did the right thing by reporting it.

A limited response involving vehicles and several members of Mountain Rescue went to check out the call. Hasty searches were carried out at the summit and the upper reaches of the mountain as well as a number of access points. Bad weather and poor visibility hampered efforts and as no further contact could be made the incident was stood down just before 6pm.

Call Out 60: Lugnaquilla Rescue 07/11/15

At approximately 11.38hrs on Saturday the 7th of November both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by the Irish Coast Guard to come to the assistance of a Hillwalker who had suffered a lower leg injury on the summit of Lugnaquilla.

Weather conditions were very poor with cloud cover coming down over most of the mountain. A small group of Hillwalker’s came across the injured man and moved him to the lee side of the mountain where he would be better sheltered. They then rang Mountain Rescue with the coordinates of his location, and remained with him until MR personnel arrived which  involved two hill parties, one coming in from Fraughan Rock and the 2nd from Corrigasleggaun.  The causality was treated for both his injury and hypothermia while other hill parties hauled stretcher equipment up to his location from the Ow valley.

Once the causality had been treated MR personnel began the long stretcher carry off the summit of Lugnaquilla, down to the Glen of Imaal. With poor visibility and steep ground to contend with, the carry out was tough work for all involved. Another hill party arrived up from the Glen side to assist with the carry out.

Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 remained in constant communication with MR personnel and once regular windows of opportunity started to appear where visibility started to improve they took off for Lugnaquilla to evac the causality. The stretcher party were below cloud cover when Rescue 116 arrived and the causality was successfully handed over to the heli crew and airlifted to hospital for definitive care.

MR personnel then made their way down the mountain to where they were treated to tea/coffee and sandwiches, provided by the Glenmalure Lodge, which were gratefully received. The call out was stood down at 19.01hrs

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved including: Irish Coast Guard.