Thursday 29 September 2016

Dramatic pictures show the moment an injured climber was airlifted to safety after fall

Cathal McMahon

Published 13/08/2016 | 20:44

Rescue in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Picture: Philip Grant
Rescue in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Picture: Philip Grant
Rescue in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Picture: Philip Grant
Paramedics help the injured woman in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Picture: Philip Grant
Fellow climbers held the injured climber in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Picture: Philip Grant
A paramedic descends to the scene in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Picture: Philip Grant
Rescue in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Picture: Philip Grant
Rescue in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Picture: Philip Grant
Scene of rescue in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Picture: Philip Grant

This is the moment a rock climber was airlifted to safety after suffering a back injury in Co Wicklow on Saturday afternoon.

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The Irish Coast Guard were alerted to the incident in Glendalough shortly before 1.30pm. It is understood that the woman fell while rock climbing in the area.

The woman had been rock climbing in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Picture: Philip Grant
The woman had been rock climbing in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Picture: Philip Grant

Volunteers from Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team provided the initial response at the casualty site.

Mountain Rescue personnel assisted in the climber's treatment and packaged her into a stretcher.

Emergency service workers were unable to access the location with vehicles so the helicopter Rescue 116 was dispatched from Dublin airport to attend the scene.

Photos, taken by reader Philip Grant, show fellow climbers directing the chopper into the remote area. Later paramedics were able to descend to the patient. She was moved to a stretcher before being winched into the helicopter.

Rock climbers direct the helicopter to the injured woman in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Picture: Philip Grant
Rock climbers direct the helicopter to the injured woman in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Picture: Philip Grant

The injured woman was airlifted to Beaumont Hospital where she was being treated on Saturday night.

A short time later the Waterford Coast Guard Rescue 117 helicopter was called to a separate incident in Dungarvan after a female cyclist suffered injuries.

The helicopter located the 65-year-old woman and was able to direct the ambulance on the ground to the remote area.

She was brought by ambulance to hospital.

Scene of rescue in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Picture: Philip Grant
Scene of rescue in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Picture: Philip Grant

The condition of both patients was unknown.

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