The Team dealt with a total of 37 incidents in 2006. a reduction from the 2005 number of 50.
These incidents can be broken down as follows:
|Missing or Lost||13|
|Lower Leg Injury ||6|
|Upper Limb Injury||2|
|Fatalities ||3||(1 Cardiac Arrest, 1 Drowning, 1 Fall)|
Sunday, November 12th, 2006 - Lugnaquilla
At approximately 5:50pm Gardaí requested the assistance of The Glen of Imaal and the Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Teams in the search of two walkers who had reported themselves lost in the Lugnaquilla area.
The two, a male and a female, who were both from the Czech Republic but resident in Ireland set out from the Baravore Car-park in Glenmalure around midday. Their route took them up the Fraughan Rock Glen before making their way to the summit of Lugnaquilla. However with deteriorating weather and fading light the couple could not retrace their steps back towards the glen. As the summit of Lugnaquilla has high cliffs surrounding it, they decided to call 999 using a mobile phone and request the assistance of Mountain Rescue rather then risk injury from a fall.
Both teams quickly responded to the call and dispatched several hill parties from different locations to head towards the summit of Lug. As the couple were in touch with Rescue base via mobile phone, they were able to communicate that they had since retraced their steps back to the top of the mountain. They would sit it out here until one of the hill parties arrived to escort them off the hill.
At approximately 8:15pm the two were located and were escorted down through the Fraughan Rock Glen and on into the Baravore car-park in Glenmalure. By 9:30pm all members of the rescue teams had returned to base. Both, although a little cold, but somewhat embarrassed, were unhurt and required no treatment.
Mountain Rescue would like to thank all those involved in this successful rescue, the Gardaí, Wicklow National Park and a special thanks to the Glenmalure Lodge Hotel who once again provided soup and sandwiches for all who assisted.
Friday 20th October, 2006 - Lugnaquilla
At about 5:30pm, the Gardaí requested the service of the Glen of Imaal and the Dublin/Wicklow mountain rescue teams to assist a woman who had gotten lost in the Glen of Imaal.
The woman was walking alone in the area of Camara hill near Lugnaquilla. As night began to fall she became disorientated and contacted the Gardaí via her mobile phone.
The search was also aided by members of the Irish army who are stationed in the area. Shortly before 8pm the woman was located and escorted of the hill. Luckily for the woman she had no injuries and required no medical attention.
Monday, 2nd October, 2006 - , Co. Dublin
The teams were contacted by Gardaí at approximately 3am to search for a missing woman, reported to be trapped in her car after an accident. With little information to go on, a search base was established at . The woman eventually freed herself and found her way to a nearby house.
Sunday, 24th September, 2006 -
On Sunday afternoon both teams were contacted by Gardaí to assist a woman with a suspected Lower leg injury in valley near . A Coastguard helicopter was tasked with the evacuation but was unable to RV with the woman's party due to bad weather. As rescue team personnel proceeded to the area to evacuate the woman by stretcher, a break in the weather occurred and the Coastguard helicopter was able to evacuate the casualty to hospital. If the weather had not broken, such a carry-out by stretcher would have taken at least five hours through wet boggy and rough terrain.
Sunday, 17th September, 2006 - Glenmacnass Waterfall
Both team were contacted by Gardaí after a Polish man had a serious fall at the waterfall. First aid treatment was given and considering the serious nature of the injuries the Irish Coastguard S61 helicopter remained on scene after dark to evacuate the man to hospital.
Tuesday, 12th September, 2006 -
Garda Communications reported flares seen but investigation indicated that there was military training in that area.
Thursday 24th August, 2006 - Hollywood, Co. Wicklow
Both Teams were called out to assist in a search for a missing party of 2 adults and 5 children near Hollywood Crag. Full callout was initiated but persons located by the Gardaí at 22.00hrs.
Thursday 24th August, 2006 - Kippure
The Team assisted with a removal of a deceased body near Kippure House.
Wednesday, 23rd August, 2006
The Team was contacted by Wicklow Gardaí regarding reports of flares over table track. A team member investigated the sighting and established that it was a military exercise.
Sunday, 20th August, 2006 - Glen of Imaal
Team members assisted with the Fr Willie Walsh walk, an organised walk to raise money for charity. A team member assisted one walker with a bruised toe caused by an overgrown toenail!
Saturday, 5th August, 2006
At approximately 1730hrs, a woman mid 40's collapsed from suspected heat exhaustion and dehydration. After being tended by team personnel, she is airlifted to Tallaght hospital.
Sunday, 30th July, 2006 - Croagh Patrick, Co, Mayo
The Team provided assistance to Mayo MRT and IMRA during the annual Croagh Patrick religious pilgrimage. Team members assisted with the following incidents ; A 10 yr old child with knee injury was stretchered down the mountain to the medical tent for evacuation, A 6 month old baby carried to medical tent, locating a man reported missing by his 10 yr old daughter, A suspected cardiac casualty.
Sunday, 30th July, 2006 – Mullacor – Lugduff
At 1346hrs the Team was called out to the Mullacor – Lugduff saddle to assist a casualty that had suffered a cardiac arrest. A group of hill-walkers raised the alarm and began CPR. instruction was provided provided instruction to the party on effective CPR by phone. An advance party arrived very quickly on scene and applied a defibrillator unit and took over CPR. The subject was winched by the Irish Coastguard and transported to Military Airbase for transfer to Tallaght hospital. Unfortunately the man did not recover and was pronounced dead.
Tuesday, 25th July, 2006 – Coaches Bridge
A request was received from Gardaí for assistance with a man stuck in a gorge / river bank area at Coaches Bridge on the – road. The subject was assisted to safety by a member of the public before a full callout was initiated.
Wednesday, 19th July, 2006 - reservoir
A request was received from the Irish Coastguard to support their efforts in a rescue on reservoir. Subjects were brought to safety before a callout was initiated.
Wednesday, 19th July, 2006 - Glenmacnass Waterfall
A request was received for assistance with a car driven off Glenmacnass Waterfall. Within minutes the Gardaí stood us down as the reports were false.
Monday, 17th July, 2006 – Glendalough
The team was called out to assist a woman with a lower leg injuries on the Spinc. Casualty was carried out by a stretcher party and transferred to an ERHA ambulance for transport to hospital.
Saturday 15th July – Glendalough
At 1812hrs, a request was received for assistance to locate 4 missing children near the Lower lake in Glendalough. The children returned to father within minutes.
Saturday, 15th July, 2006 – Lough Dan
At 1440hrs the teams were called out to , Lough Dan for missing walker suspected to be suffering from depression. Found safe and well by rescue personnel shortly after parties dispatched
Friday, 7th July, 2006
The team was contacted with a request for assistance to locate missing persons in the mountains – passed on to the South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) who cover that area
Thursday 6th July – Glendalough
Search for 2 missing people.
Sunday, 2nd July - Spinc, Glendalough
At 4.45pm, Gardaí called out The Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team to help rescue a 7 year old girl who sustained a nasty lower leg injury when she fell whilst walking on the Spinc Mountain in Glendalough with her family.
Within 15 minutes, Mountain Rescue had established Rescue Base at the old Miners Village near Glendalough's Upper Lake and parties were dispatched onto the hill to reach the injured child as her family members were making their way down to meet with the stretcher party.
Rescue personnel treated the child at the scene and she was airlifted with her mother and aunt to Airport and transported from there to Tallaght Hospital.
Saturday 1st July, 2006 - Glendalough
Later that same evening at 9pm, both Teams were requested by the Gardaí to aid in the search of a missing 9 year old boy in the Glendalough area of Co. Wicklow.
The boy who had been with two other family members got separated while on a walk in the hills, when he could not be located, his two family members called 999/112 to request the expertise of Mountain Rescue to locate the missing boy.
The rescue teams quickly established a base in Glendalough, where search parties were being organised to be dispatched to the hills. The missing boy was located by his family members who were also searching for him shortly before 10pm. Thankfully he had no injuries.
Saturday 1st July, 2006 - Djouce
At 3:15pm, The Glen of Imaal and the Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Teams were called to rescue a 17 year old male who had sustained a suspected lower leg injury while out walking with a scout group near the summit of Djouce Mountain. A group member called 999/112 and requested the services of the Mountain Rescue. The Irish Coastguard Helicopter was also tasked to the scene to aid in the rescue, shortly afterwards the youth was airlifted and taken to hospital for treatment for his leg injury
Saturday, May 21st, 2006 - Lugduff
A man became disoriented and lost in the mist and requested assistance. Members from the GOIMRT found and escorted the man to the saddle between Lugduff and Mullacor on the Wicklow Way long distance walking route.
Sunday, April 2nd, 2006 - Djouce
Garda requested the assistance of The Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team at approximately 13:15 hours.
A 17 year old youth who had been out hill-walking with a group from College on the popular Djouce Mountain sustained a lower leg injury near the summit of the mountain and needed help from Mountain Rescue to bring him to safety.
Weather conditions and visibility were variable, so Mountain Rescue parties equipped with stretchers and medical supplies were dispatched onto the Mountain immediately whilst the Coastguard Helicopter was also dispatched to assist. The weather cleared sufficiently for the Helicopter to airlift the casualty to Airport and on to hospital.
Sunday, April 2nd, 2006 - Mountain
The Teams were called out for the second time to come to the aid of a woman on the Spink Mountain in Glendalough with a lower leg injury.
Mountain Rescue received this second call shortly before 16:00 hrs and immediately established Rescue Base in Glendalough s Upper Lake Carpark.
The woman, who is in her 40 s, had been out walking with a group of friends when she slipped and fell near the viewing point on The Spink Mountain injuring her right leg.
Mountain Rescue personnel were on scene at the casualty site less than 40 minutes after receiving notification of the woman's plight by Gardaí, administering first aid, keeping the casualty warm and preparing the site for the Coastguard Helicopter arrived to airlift the casualty.
Sunday, March 19th, 2006 - Cable Rock
At 16:40hrs, Gardai requested the expertise of the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team to aid in the rescue of a woman who had gotten stuck on cliffs between Bray and Greystones Co. Wicklow.
The woman who was in her 20's had been walking on the cliff walk from Bray to Greystones near Cable Rock with friends when she ventured off the trac
The woman who was not injured was then put down on a safe area where she was reunited with the rest of her friends. Team members remained on standby in the area until the woman was successfully rescued.
Saturday, March 15th, 2006 - Turlough Hill
At 14:30hrs, the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were request by the Gardai to aid in the search of two men who had gotten lost near Turlough Hill in Co. Wicklow.
The two men who had started their walk at the Wicklow Gap had headed towards Lough Firrib and on to Arts Cross. While they were making their way back towards Lough Firrib, they lost their way and in the bad weather became disorientated.
However as they had mobile phone communication, members of the rescue team were able to guide the two back towards Turlough hill were they could follow the road back to their parked car.
Saturday, March 15th, 2006 - Tonduff mountain
At 14:57hrs, a second request came from the Gardaí to also aid in the search of a man who had also gotten lost near Tonduff mountain Co. Wicklow.
The man who was walking on his own had started in Crone Wood car park and walked towards Tonduff North and then towards Tonduff South Mountain. As he was making his way towards Maulin mountain he also got disorientated due to the bad weather and was unable to figure out his exact position.
Again he was in communication with the members of the rescue team who had set up Rescue Base in Crone wood car park. They were able to give the man directions from the information that he gave a to his current position before he made his way back to Crone wood car park
Wednesday, March 1st, 2006 - Glendalough
Gardaí alerted The Glen of Imaal and Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Teams just minutes after 6pm yesterday evening. The woman and her partner (both in their 30's) were attempting to climb the treacherous cliffs above St. Kevin's bed when the woman fell. Her partner managed to climb on to safety and raise the alarm. A full call-out was immediately issued to search for the fallen woman. Her partner was unsure of the distance of the fall and it was hoped she may have survived. Sadly, the fall was fatal. Mountain rescue personnel found her body at 7.35pm.
A recovery ensued and was concluded by 10pm.
Saturday, February 11th, 2006 - Seefin
Both teams are asked to standby standby for four overdue walkers During initial investigation all walkers turn up safe and well.
Sunday, February 2nd, 2006 - Glenmalure
The Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were called out by Gardaí today at 4.20pm to assist lost walkers in the Glenmalure area of the Wicklow Mountains. The father, his 13 year old son and their dog were descending from Lugnaquilla when they realised they were lost and called 999 for Mountain Rescue. Conditions were bitterly cold and low cloud covered the mountains ensuring poor visibility. Rescue base was established in Glenmalure and search and rescue parties were dispatched onto the hill in the fading light to find the pair. Rescue personnel were able to communicate with the walkers by mobile phone and gave them a compass bearing to follow which would lead them onto the Ow Valley forest tracks where rescue parties were on their way up to meet them. The Coastguard Helicopter were called to the scene to help locate the lost walkers and found them approximately 150m from the forest track. They airlifted them to Dublin Airport before weather conditions diminished further.