Saturday 22 September 2018

Rescue team stretchers injured man (53) from mountain

The Wicklow mountains
The Wicklow mountains

A 53-year-old man was rescued from the Wicklow mountains yesterday following a "very busy weekend" for the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue team.

About 30 volunteers from the group, along with Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue, responded to a call about a man who had fractured his leg on Djouce mountain, located above Lough Tay.

An advanced paramedic on site provided pain relief and put the injured man on a stretcher before the rescue team carried him to a waiting ambulance.

John Kavanagh, of Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue team, told the Herald it was the sixth call-out they had received over the weekend.

He said: "It's been a very busy weekend for us.

"On Friday night we were sent out to look for a female walker who got disorientated and lost, then on Saturday we helped the Guards look for several suspected missing people.

"Yesterday afternoon we also got a call to rescue an 80-year-old hill walker who suffered a fractured leg."

Last year the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue received 66 call-outs.

So far this year it has attended at 13 incidents.

Mr Kavanagh added: "We work right throughout the year and have a very responsible team of volunteers.

"No one gets paid for their work and they are all very dedicated.

"When we receive a call-out we generally need a minimum of 20 people to carry the injured person off a mountain, which takes a lot of work."

This weekend's rescue came shortly after a High Court judge decided to overturn a €40,000 award made to a woman who sued for damages after injuring herself while hiking in the Wicklow mountains.

Mr Justice Michael White overturned a decision by the Dublin Circuit Court which found that the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) was negligent for not maintaining a boardwalk on the Wicklow Way. He dismissed Teresa Wall's claim for €40,000 in damages.

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