At approximately 16:05 on Tuesday 11th of April The Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue were tasked by An Garda Síochána to assist with the recovery of a deceased person in the Aughavannagh area. R.I.P.
The Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team members formed a small part of a huge search operation for Rescue 116 crew members Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby.
The team joined up with mountain rescuers from all over Ireland, Irish Coast Guard, Civil Defence, many other voluntary rescue services, and members of the public to search the Belmullet coastline. Sadly, neither of the missing men was found, but we are still hopeful that our SAR brothers will be returned to their families.
The Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team would like to thank Ballyglass Coast Guard Unit for their work coordinating the coastal search operation. In particular, we’d like to thank the local community of Belmullet. It was truly humbling to see and hear of the effort that the community have put into supporting the ongoing search operation.
Our thoughts remain with the families, friends, and colleagues of all four Rescue 116 crew members: Dara, Mark, Ciarán, and Paul.
At 14:20 on the 6th of April An Garda Síochána tasked the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team to come to the assistance of a man on the Wicklow Way in the Paddock Hill area.
The man had become unwell while walking with a group. He was assessed on scene by a Mountain Rescue Advanced Paramedic. He was then stretchered downhill to a waiting Mountain Rescue vehicle and transported to the public road where he was transferred to an ambulance and taken to hospital.
Mountain Rescue would like to thank the National Ambulance Service (NAS).
The incident was stood down at 16:30.
At 12:30hrs on Sunday, April 2nd, Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team were alerted to an injured hill runner near Baravore. The runner sustained a soft-tissue injury to her leg as a result of a fall. As she was unable to continue running, a member of her group called mountain rescue (MR). MR personnel assessed the runner and transported her to safety. The incident was stood down at 14:37hrs.
At 14:30 on Monday the 27th of March
An Garda Síochána tasked the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team to come to the aid of an injured man in his twenties on the Sugarloaf near Bray.
The man had taken a fall while descending a steep scree slope on the western side of the mountain. He had sustained a hand injury and lacerations to his face and hip. Mountain Rescue (MR) personnel assessed the casualty on scene. Pain relieving medication was administered by an MR doctor and an advanced paramedic, including Penthrox . This is the first time in Ireland that any Mountain Rescue team has used this medication. His injuries were treated and the casualties was packaged and placed in a stretcher. Due to the steep slope and the instability of the scree underfoot the stretcher was belayed until the party reached the main track.
On reaching the ambulance at the roadside the casualty was handed over and taken to hospital. Mountain Rescue would like to thank the National Ambulance Service.
The incident was stood down at 16:50.
At 13:10hrs on Friday, March 17th, Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team to search for two walkers who became disoriented while descending from the summit of Lugnaquilla in poor visibility. Mountain rescue (MR) personnel were deployed to search along the Little Slaney river while a wider search plan was established. The walkers were located alongside the river and escorted to safety. The incident was stood down at 15:26hrs.
On Thursday, March 16th,The Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána to assist in a search of Glenart Woods, near Arklow. At 16:25hrs mountain rescue (MR) personnel joined An Garda Síochána, Civil Defence, and local volunteers to search for an elderly woman who was reported missing earlier in the day. The woman was located safe and well shortly before 18:00hrs and the incident was the stood down.
Our thanks to the local volunteers, An Garda Síochána, and Civil Defence for their assistance
At 17:40 on Sunday 12th March 2017 An Garda Síochána tasked the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team to come to the assistance of a 43 year old male in the Trooperstown Hill area.
The man had sustained a shoulder injury while out running in the area. He was assessed at the scene by an Mountain Rescue(MR) medic. His injury was stabilised and painkillers were administered. He was then transferred to an MR Landrover and transported to a HSE ambulance where he was again assessed by a paramedic and taken to hospital. The incident was stood down at 18:50.
We would like to thank all agencies involved including: The National Ambulance Service.