Corrig Rescue(18/09/11)

Mountain Rescue in Wicklow was yesterday (Sunday 18th Sept) tasked to assist a hunter who had sustained a lower leg injury whilst out with friends near Corrig Mountain in North Wicklow. The group attempted to move the man themselves but quickly realised that they would need help in order to bring the injured party to safety. They contacted Mountain Rescue by dialling 999 on their mobiles and describing the situation to the operator. A group of mountain rescue volunteers who had been attending a first aid course in the nearby Knockree Youth Hostel responded quickly to the scene and were able to locate the man quickly.

Their approach involved a 3km drive in 4×4 along a rough track followed by a 3km hike carrying first aid equipment across the bog. The difficult access route combined with the deteriorating weather conditions led to the decision to request the assistance of the Irish Coastguard helicopter. Whilst they waited they treated the casualty for his injuries and made him comfortable. The Sikorsky S-92 helicopter was quickly airborne and the rescuers relayed their position via the more powerful radio equipment in a nearby Mountain Rescue 4×4. Once the helicopter was at the scene the rescuers deployed smoke flares to assist the pilot in his approach. The casualty was airlifted in difficult wind conditions and taken to Tallaght hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery. His companions, along with his hunting equipment and dog, were escorted to the road side by the volunteers.