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Thursday 2 October 2014

Storms and heatwave combine to make 2013 busiest year for mountain rescue teams

Published 09/01/2014 | 08:35

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July - The team climb Croagh Patrick
November - Run the line event
February - Snow on the Sally Gap

Last year saw Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue face more call out then ever before, due to the hot, sunny summer months and late winter.

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There was "no let up" in requests for assistance into the Autumn, with DWMRT receiving more than 100 call outs throughout the year.

These varied from missing experienced climbers to stranded buses and a mountain bike accident.

During the year, the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team faced some extremes, according to team leader Chris England.

"Aside from the extreme late winter and the hot dry summer DWMRT have been called upon much more than ever before, with operations numbers in excess 100. This has put a much greater strain on our already limited financial resources," he said.

"The very limited Government support has forced our team members, busy with rescues, to be busy with fundraising as well."

Mr England went on to thank supporters and sponsors for their help throughout the year.

"For 2014 we look to continue to provide a professional mountain rescue service in a year which will see us celebrate out 30th anniversary and one where we hope to find a team base.

"A base where we can train our members, store our equipment and call a home.”

During the space of five hours on one winter's day, the team had to deal with two injured walkers on Camaderry Mountain, as well as two stranded coaches with more than 80 people on board, while also searching for two missing mountain bikers.

When weather returns to normal, better conditions, the team reacted to call outs surrounding a cardiac arrest on the Spinc in Glendalough, a walker reporting a suspected lower leg fracture on the Sugar Loaf, a tourist who found herself stuck on the Glenmacnass waterfall and a man who had become stuck while climbing on a crag in Glendalough.

The first call out of last year surrounded a walker complaining of head and neck injuries after a fall.

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