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.

Call Out 59: Lugnaquilla Rescue 25/10/15

At approximately 14.52hrs on Sunday the 25th of October 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 hillwalker who had become disoriented while on the summit of Lugnaquilla.
 

Due to poor visibility the hillwalker became uncertain of the safest route off the summit and made the decision of calling in Mountain Rescue before darkness fell. Mountain Rescue established rescue base on the Aughavannagh side of the mountain and were able to pinpoint his position close to the South Prison through the use of S.A.R.L.O.C. A hill party was then sent in to his location and once they reached him, they checked to see that he was good to walk out. He was escorted down off the mountain to safety.

 

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved.

Call Out 58: Sugarloaf Rescue 17/10/15

Also at approximately 12.00hrs on October the 17th both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked to come to the assistance of a woman who had become ill while descending the Sugarloaf in Wicklow.

 

Only limited assistance was required for this call as the lady involved was continuing back to the car park with the assistance of friends.

 

A vehicle was sent to the location but the call was cancelled shortly after mid-day and the incident was stood down.

 

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved.

Call Out 57: Dublin Mountain Search 17/10/15

At approximately 12.00hrs on October 17th both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team became aware of a search for a missing person in the Stepaside-Kiltiernan area and after contacting the local Gardai received an official tasking to assist with the search.

The missing teenager had gone camping the previous Tuesday and as he had not returned a search was initiated. Mountain Rescue personnel assisted the Gardai with the search planning as well as deploying several searchers on foot and in vehicles to high priority areas. The Garda Dog Unit and Garda Helicopter were also involved in the search.

 

The search was postponed for the evening  and was due to restart the following morning but thankfully the youth was found safe and well later that evening and the incident was stood down at 9pm.

 

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved.

Call Out 17: Dublin Mountain Search 11/05/15

 

On May 11th of this year both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Siochanna to help search for a person who had been reported missing in the Dublin Mountains.

Due to the circumstances of the call every effort was put into the search to ensure a successful outcome. Several search parties were sent out. Aside from the two Wicklow based teams several other teams including South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association, Mourne MRT and S.A.R.D.A( Search And Rescue Dogs Association) were also tasked.

As part of the operation Search Dog Dex and his handler Gerry Tobin were sent in to see if they could make a find before darkness and tiredness forced the search to be postponed till the following day. Very often search dogs are involved in extended operations that although successful are often unfortunately tragic for the person involved.

This time was different with Dex making a find that very possibly resulted in the saving of a life due to the condition of the person involved.

The person was evacuated and brought to hospital for further care.

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all those involved in this successful operation but most especially to Dex and his handler for the major role they played on the night.