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Saturday 17 March 2018

Tour bus driver rescued after going for walk in heavy mist

Greg Harkin

A BUS driver taking walkers to see Ireland's tallest cliffs had to be rescued after deciding to go for a walk himself.

The man, in his 50s and from Dublin, had driven a group of experienced walkers from Co Kildare to Slieve League in south-west Donegal.

"He is a walker himself and decided to go for a walk near Bunglass but there was a heavy mist and he got lost," said Brian Murray from the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT) of Sunday's incident.

Dozens of volunteers from the organisation and the Killybegs Cliff and Rescue Team were alerted.

"The team were in contact with him by mobile and were able to establish that he was going downhill and had the sea to his left so DMRT Units were sent to Malin Beg to start searching uphill towards him," said Mr Murray.

The bus driver was unhurt and the helicopter was able to drop him off back at his bus.

Mr Murray added: "It is dangerous terrain with the extremely varied weather from the Atlantic."

Irish Independent

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