Callout 1 & 2, 5th & 6th January 2019,Glendalough

A very busy 2018 ended for Mountain Rescue in Wicklow with a very quiet Christmas period and the first two callouts of 2019 were this weekend. Both were lower leg injuries in the Glendalough area, which were difficult to access due to sever traffic congestion and parking in the area.

Callout 1, Glendalough, Wicklow 05/01/2019

At 15:39hrs on Saturday 05th January 2019, The Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána to assist a hill walker on the Blue Trail in Glendalough.

The woman had fallen and sustained a lower leg injury. Mountain Rescue (MR) personnel were dispatched and they assessed and treated the woman’s injury. She was assisted to an MR vehicle and transported to a waiting HSE ambulance. The incident was stood down at 16:22hrs.

Callout 2, Glendalough, Wicklow 06/01/2019

At 12:04 on Sunday 6th January 2019, The Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána to assist a hill walker in the Glendalough area.

The woman was walking on the Spink when she fell and sustained a lower leg injury. MR parties were dispatched. The casualty’s injuries were assessed and treated by an MR medic and she was stretchered to a waiting ambulance. The incident was stood down at 14:24hrs. We would like to thank the HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) for their assistance on both callouts.

Callouts 84-87, 20/10/18 Wicklow

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.

Callouts – 66,67,68, 12th August 2018

On Sunday, August 12th, The Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked three times.
At 15:39hrs, the teams were tasked by An Garda Síochána to search for two female walkers who were lost on Montpelier Hill, near the Hellfire Club. Mountain rescue (MR) were alerted that one of them had a medical issue. The walkers were located using Sarloc Rescue and MR personnel responded to the location. Both walkers were assessed by MR medics before being accompanied to safety. The incident was stood down at 16:42hrs.

At 17:08hrs, the teams were tasked to search for a vulnerable missing person who had been missing for over an hour in Glendalough. A full-team callout was initiated, but the subject was located safe and well shortly afterwards. The incident was stood down at 17:20hrs.

At 22:12hrs, the teams were tasked again by the Gardaí to search for walkers who has became lost near Blessington. The walkers were located, again using Sarloc Rescue, and MR personnel were deployed. During subsequent communications, it was established that the walkers had successfully reoriented and MR assistance was no longer required. The incident was stood down at 23:05hrs.

MR would like to thank the National Ambulance Service and An Garda Síochána for their assistance during the three incidents.

Callout 64 & 65, Glendalough/White Hill, 04/08/18

At 13:56hrs Saturday 4th August 2018, The Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by the National Ambulance Service who were on their way to an injured walker in Glendalough.
The teenage boy had fallen and sustained a lower leg injury on the popular spink walk above Glendalough. Mountain Rescue (MR) parties were dispatched to assist. The boys injuries were assessed by MR medics and he was packaged and stretchered down to the waiting HSE ambulance. The incident was stood down at 16:08hrs.
 
The second callout came at 15:50hrs just as things were wrapping up on the first call. The Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána (AGS) to assist an injured walker on White Hill.
The woman who had been walking with friends had sustained a suspected knee injury and was unable to continue walking. MR parties were dispatched to her location and after her injuries were assessed by the MR medic it was decided to stretcher her down to the road. There she was handed over to the HSE ambulance who transported her to hospital for further care. The incident was stood down at 17:53hrs

Callout 63, Glendalough, 21/07/18

At 16:59hrs Saturday 21st July 2018, The Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána (AGS) to assist a walker who had fallen near Glendalough.

The woman in her twenties, who had been walking with friends, had slipped while crossing a river at the top of the Glenelo valley and suffered a suspected broken leg. The woman’s location was confirmed by SARLOC and Mountain Rescue (MR) parties were dispatched. MR medics assessed her injury after which she was packaged and stretchered down to the Minors Village from where she was transported to hospital by HSE ambulance. The incident was stood down at 20:09hrs.

Callout 57, Glendalough 07/07/18

Callout – 7th July 2018 – Glendalough

At 17:46 on Saturday, July 7th, The Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána to assist a climber who was suffering from heat exhaustion in Glendalough.

A member of the party called emergency services when, whilst descending towards the Miner’s Village, the climber began to feel unwell. Mountain rescue (MR) personnel located the party and assessed the patient. After giving fluids, and following a period of cooling and observation, the patient walked off the hill, accompanied by MR personnel. The incident was stood down at 19:50hrs

Callout 56, Glendalough, 24/06/18

Callout, Glendalough, Wicklow, 24/06/18

At 16:30hrs Sunday 24th June, 2018, The Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána to assist a child who had taken a fall in the Glendalough area.

The child took a fall from steep ground onto the green road in Glendalough and suffered a suspected fractured arm. He was assessed by National Park Staff and an MR Medic. His injury was treated and he was transported to a waiting ambulance.

The incident was stood down at 17:38hrs. We would like to thank the Wicklow Mountains National Park and the HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) for their assistance.

Callout 55, Glendalough, 21/06/18

Callout, 21st June 2018 – Glendalough

At 22:22 on Thursday, June 21st, The Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána (AGS) to assist with an incident in Glendalough.

Emergency services were alerted by a group, who were camping in the area, when one of their party fell and sustained a head injury. Mountain rescue (MR) personnel, assisted by Rescue 116, searched Glendalough and located the group above the Miner’s Village. The group were medically assessed, and the injured party was treated and packaged into a stretcher for evacuation. The patient was stretchered to a suitable helicopter landing zone. At first light, Rescue 116 returned and airlifted the patient, accompanied by an MR doctor, to hospital.

All personnel were safely off the hill at 05:40 and the incident was stood down. We’d like to thank Rescue 116, for the initial search, and the evacuation; the Irish Air Corps, who were on standby; the National Ambulance Service; and An Garda Síochána for their assistance.