Today Sunday 6th January, An Garda Síochána tasked the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and the Glen of Imaal Irish Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team to the first of 2 separate rescues this afternoon.
The first callout occurred at 11:35 hrs and it involved a man in his 50’s who was descending the zig-zag track into the Miners Village in Glendalough. He had been walking with his family when he tripped and fell, badly cutting his face and incurring a neck injury. He was met my members of the mountain rescue teams where he was treated for his injuries and stabilised with the help of An Garda Síochána. Do to the nature of his injury an Irish Aer Corps helicopter was tasked to his location Due to the weather conditions and high winds the helicopter was unable to complete an airlift in Glendalough and instead routed to Laragh GAA pitch. The patient was transported by road by a HSE ambulance to the Laragh GAA pitch where a transfer was completed at 14:00hrs and he was flown to Tallaght hospital for further treatment.
In the second incident which occurred at 14:20hrs the teams where again tasked by An Garda Síochána to come to the aid of 4 walkers, who were in 2 separate groups of 2 (3 Males & 1 Female) who had gotten lost whilst descending Lugnaquilla, Wicklow’s highest Mountain. The separate groups had both summited the mountain and upon descend took a wrong turn and end up in the wrong valley. Both parties were due to descend into the Glen Of Imaal but descended into the Ow Valley. The first group a Male and A Female in their 20’s having realised they were lost in very bad visibility had alerted Mountain Rescue that they were lost were then meet met by the second group of Males. The decided to stick together as a group until they were met by Mountain Rescue. The group were located using the SARLOC custom built mountain rescue location program with the use of their smartphone. Once located a number of team members were dispatched to their location where they were met and walked of the mountain to a waiting 4×4 vehicle. They were transported back from the Ow Valley to their vehicles in the Glen of Imaal by 16:00hrs.
Mountain Rescue would like to thank all those involved in both successful rescues including:
An Garda Síochána
Irish Aer Corps
HSE Ambulance Service
Wicklow National Park