On Saturday 25th of February, the Glen of Imaal Irish Red Cross Mountain
Rescue Team and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An
Garda Síochána to search the Upper Lake area of Glendalough for a missing
Starting at 08:30hrs Mountain Rescue (MR) parties began searches of the lake
and surrounding areas. They were subsequently joined by the Garda Water
Unit and Howth Coast Guard Unit.
Garda divers recovered the person’s body from the water in the early afternoon.
Gardaí are not treating the death as suspicious and believe that it was the result of an accident. The search was stood down at 15:10 hrs.
The Glen of Imaal Irish Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team would like to extend
our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
Mountain rescue would like to thank all agencies involved, including An Garda
Síochána, the Garda Water Unit, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and
the Irish Coast Guard.
On Sunday, at 12:20hrs, the teams were tasked to assist a 53-year-old male hillwalker who sustained a lower leg injury near the summit of Djouce. The man was assessed and treated by an MR paramedic and advanced paramedic. He was evacuated approximately 1km by stretcher to a waiting MR vehicle, and then transported to a waiting ambulance for transfer to hospital. The incident was stood down at 15:00hrs.
All of these last six incidents took place over the weekend while both teams were hosting a national training course. We’d like to thank members of Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team, Galway Mountain Rescue Team, Mayo Mountain Rescue Team, and South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association, who were participating in the training course, for helping us out this weekend. We would also like to thank the HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) and An Garda Síochána for their assistance.
During the evacuation phase of callout 9, the teams were tasked to search for three hillwalkers who had not returned to their vehicles near Glenmacnass. MR personnel responded to the area to set up a command post and begin searching. On arrival at Glenmacnass, they discovered that the vehicles were gone, and the incident was stood down.
Soon after callout 10 was stood down MR were tasked to search for a missing female, who became separated from a group, near Laragh. Some resources were diverted from callout 9 and a search began. The search was stood down when the missing woman was located in south Dublin by An Garda Síochána.
While call out 9 was ongoing both teams were tasked to three additional call outs.
Call out 10 was a tasking to assist a male mountain biker on Carrick Mountain who had sustained a lower leg injury. When MR personnel contacted the man by phone to initiate the response, he confirmed that he had begun to self-evacuate, had visual contact with a HSE ambulance that was tasked to the incident, and required no further assistance from MR.
The Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue were tasked by An Garda Síochána to assist a female hillwalker on Brockagh East Top on Saturday at 15:50hrs. The woman was walking with a small group when she fell, sustaining a hip injury. MR personnel assessed and treated the walker before evacuating her by stretcher to a waiting vehicle. She was then transported to a nearby road and transferred to an ambulance. The incident, call out 9, was stood down at 18:30hrs.
At 19:50hrs on Friday evening the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue were tasked by An Garda Síochána to search for a woman who became separated from a family group while walking in Barnaslingan Woods. Communication was established with the woman by mobile phone and maintained during the incident. Mountain rescue (MR) personnel searched the area on foot, while also using vehicles with flashing lights to narrow the search area. The woman was located, safe and well, at 20:15hrs and transported to safety.
Shortly before midnight on Thursday, February 2nd, An Garda Síochána tasked The Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team to assist in a search near Hollywood, Co Wicklow.
The search was for a 17-year-old male who went missing from his home earlier in the evening. There were concerns for the young man’s safety as weather conditions in the area were quite poor. Mountain rescue (MR) personnel responded, and began searching the area shortly after midnight. The missing man was found safe and well, and the operation was stood down at 02:30hrs.
MR would like to thank An Garda Síochána for their assistance, and also the Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA) who responded with a search dog and handler.