Tuesday 12 December 2017

Man (53) rescued from Wicklow mountains after fracturing leg

The rescue teams attending the scene. Photo: Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue
The rescue teams attending the scene. Photo: Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue
The rescue teams attending the scene. Photo: Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue

Ian Begley

A 53-year-old man was rescued from the Wicklow mountains earlier today 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 this morning 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 off the hill and into an ambulance. 

John Kavanagh of Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue team told Independent.ie that this is the sixth callout they received this weekend. 

"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.

The rescue teams attending the scene. Photo: Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue
The rescue teams attending the scene. Photo: Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue

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

Last year the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue rescue team received 66 callouts and 13 so far this year. 

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

"No one gets paid for their work and they are all very dedicated. When we receive a callout we generally need a minimum of 20 people to carry the injured person off a mountain, which takes a lot of work," he said. 

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