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.