In an exceptionally busy day, Saturday, October 20th, saw the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team tasked to four separate incidents in Dublin and Wicklow. Three taskings came from An Garda Síochána, and one from Ambulance Control. The four incidents, which were geographically diverse and simultaneous, stretched the teams’ resources but showed the value of inter-agency cooperation.
The first tasking came at 11:20 to assist a hillwalker who had collapsed in Fraughan Rock Glen while climbing Lugnaquilla. MR personnel responded to the incident site, and following assessment, accompanied the patient from the hill on foot. The incident was stood down at 13:43.
The second callout of the day came at 12:05 to assist the National Ambulance Service (NAS) with an incident in Ticknock. A NAS ambulance crew requested mountain rescue (MR) assistance when responding to an injured mountain biker. MR personnel responded to assist, with an MR doctor helping to treat the biker for a number of injuries. The patient was airlifted by Rescue 116 at 15:30 and the incident was stood down at 16:01.
The teams were tasked again at 12:12 to assist a climber in Glendalough. The climber, who fell approximately 30 metres, was assessed and treated by MR medics and airlifted by Rescue 116. The incident was stood down at 13:40.
The fourth callout, at 13:19, was a request to assist a paraglider who sustained multiple injuries on the Great Sugar Loaf. The paraglider was attended by MR personnel, working alongside Wicklow Rapid Response and the winchman from Rescue 117, before being airlifted to hospital. The incident was stood down at 15:04.
While days like this one are rare, they show how important cooperation between voluntary and statutory emergency services is.
Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved including: Kilmacanogue Community First Responders, who had a member first on scene on the Sugarloaf, Wicklow Rapid Response, Rescue 116, Rescue 117, National Ambulance Service, and An Garda Síochána for their assistance.