Call Out 58: Sugarloaf Rescue 17/10/15

Also at approximately 12.00hrs on October the 17th both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked to come to the assistance of a woman who had become ill while descending the Sugarloaf in Wicklow.

 

Only limited assistance was required for this call as the lady involved was continuing back to the car park with the assistance of friends.

 

A vehicle was sent to the location but the call was cancelled shortly after mid-day and the incident was stood down.

 

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved.

Call Out 57: Dublin Mountain Search 17/10/15

At approximately 12.00hrs on October 17th both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team became aware of a search for a missing person in the Stepaside-Kiltiernan area and after contacting the local Gardai received an official tasking to assist with the search.

The missing teenager had gone camping the previous Tuesday and as he had not returned a search was initiated. Mountain Rescue personnel assisted the Gardai with the search planning as well as deploying several searchers on foot and in vehicles to high priority areas. The Garda Dog Unit and Garda Helicopter were also involved in the search.

 

The search was postponed for the evening  and was due to restart the following morning but thankfully the youth was found safe and well later that evening and the incident was stood down at 9pm.

 

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved.

Call Out 17: Dublin Mountain Search 11/05/15

 

On May 11th of this year both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Siochanna to help search for a person who had been reported missing in the Dublin Mountains.

Due to the circumstances of the call every effort was put into the search to ensure a successful outcome. Several search parties were sent out. Aside from the two Wicklow based teams several other teams including South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association, Mourne MRT and S.A.R.D.A( Search And Rescue Dogs Association) were also tasked.

As part of the operation Search Dog Dex and his handler Gerry Tobin were sent in to see if they could make a find before darkness and tiredness forced the search to be postponed till the following day. Very often search dogs are involved in extended operations that although successful are often unfortunately tragic for the person involved.

This time was different with Dex making a find that very possibly resulted in the saving of a life due to the condition of the person involved.

The person was evacuated and brought to hospital for further care.

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all those involved in this successful operation but most especially to Dex and his handler for the major role they played on the night.

Call Out 56; Glenmalure Search 02/10/15

At approximately 15.53hrs on Friday 2nd of October both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Siochanna to search in the Glenmalure area for a missing person.

Both teams coordinated a search of the area and the Search and Rescue Dog Association (S.A.R.D.A) were placed on stand by. The the missing person was found and removed from a wooded area and the operation was stood down at 20.39hrs

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved.

Call Out 55: Glenmalure Incident 27/09/15

A little before 20.00hrs on Sunday, September 27th Mountain Rescue personnel were contacted directly by a member of the public who were concerned about a family member who was late reporting back safe after a walk in the Glenmalure area.

The solo walker in his seventies had managed to make a broken phone call about his delay but as further contact could not be made his son did the right thing and contacted Mountain Rescue before also making the required Emergency Call.

Members from the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were already starting to respond when contact with the delayed walker was reestablished and he was confirmed to be safely back at his car. The incident was stood down at 20.30hrs

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved.

Call Out 54: Galway Search 20/09/15

 

A little before 10am on Sunday morning both the Glen Of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by the Galway Mountain Rescue Team to assist them with an ongoing search for a missing walker in the Twelve Bens in Connemara.

The man who had injured his ankle and had become lost had made a call for help to the Galway team on Saturday about 8pm. Despite their best efforts and overnight searching in awful conditions they were unable to locate the man and tasked other teams around the country for help with the search.

The Aer Corps prepared to fly a team west for a more immediate response and a total of nine MR personnel took off from Baldonnel. The weather prevented landing near Rescue Base at Ben Lettery Hostel but the Coastguard dispatched vehicles to pick up the crew in what had become a nationwide multi-agency response.

Other MR teams were also sending personnel to help with the operation including Kerry, Donegal, Sligo-Leitrim, Mayo and SARDA Mountain Rescue Teams to help save a life on the west coast.

Shortly after the team arrived they received the great news that the man had been found and while he was currently being assisted down the mountain a stretcher party would be required to complete the task. The large backup group proceeded up the hill and soon rendezvoused with the other rescue teams and the joint force then stretchered the hardy hiker down to safety and a waiting ambulance which was ready to transport him to ongoing care.

It was a massive collaborative effort with at least eight MR Teams, the Coastguard, the Aer Corps, Gardai and the HSE involved and it was especially good that this particular story had a happy ending. Thanks must also go to Ballynahinch Castle for providing some much needed sustenance to the rescue teams before they had to head into the long drive home.

Well done to Galway MRT on a really well run operation and we were glad to be of assistance.

Call Out 53: Black Hill Rescue 19/09/15

 

Shortly before 16.00hrs on Saturday the 19th of September a young hiker sustained a lower leg injury while out walking with a group on Black Hill. Mountain Rescue Personnel who were at the scene were able to give initial treatment.

 

Both the Glen Of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were running different training events in Wicklow when the incident was reported and a limited response was sent in quickly to help the casualty. Local Gardai were also informed about the operation and the HSE were also tasked to send an ambulance to support the call.

 

Team members arranged to meet at the Black Hill car park near Lacken before being transported a short distance up the hill by landrover. The unlucky young hiker was given great care with an Advanced Paramedic and a few EMTs on scene. He was carefully packaged in the stretcher and carried the short distance to the team vehicle which brought him down to the car park and the waiting ambulance. After a quick check he was then transported to hospital for definitive care and the incident was stood down at 17.30hrs

Call Out 52: Glendalough Rescue 08/09/15

Shortly before 13.00hrs on Tuesday the 8th of September, both the Glen Of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by the Coast Guard to assist with the rescue of a climber who had fallen while climbing on the main Glendalough Crag.

 

Both teams went to Full Team Callout while a hasty team went in to establish the exact location of the casualty and the nature of her injuries. Rescue Base was set up at the Miner’s Village. Despite a sizeable fall of almost 5m the young woman was lucky to escape with only a lower leg injury and some minor cuts and bruises, but her position at the base of the large cliff face meant that a short stretcher carry would be required before it would be safe enough for the helicopter to perform a lift.

 

Rescue Personnel provided initial treatment and pain relief and also set up a belay system to safely maneuver the stretcher on the exposed ground. Once the casualty was a safe distance from the crag Rescue 116 was able to lift the young climber and transport her to hospital and definitve care. The incident was stood down at 16.00hrs.

 

Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved including: The Irish Coast Guard, Wicklow Mountains National Park Staff and the HSE Ambulance Service.