MEMBERS of the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team had a busy weekend after being tasked on Saturday to two separate incidents with both casualties suffering from lower leg injuries.
The Mourne MRT was alerted to the first incident at approximately 1pm where a casualty, taking part in one of the many charity walks of the weekend, had suffered a lower leg injury. The accident happened on the Ulster Way between the Trassey Track and the Happy Valley, On reaching the scene, the team stabilised the casualty before evacuating by stretcher. The casualty was transported a short distance to a waiting ambulance.
The alert for the second incident came shortly after at approximately 3pm for a casualty on the summit of Shanslieve on the slopes of Slieve Commedagh. The team made their way to the summit ridge on Shanslieve where weather conditions were less than favourable with strong winds making walking conditions difficult.
The casualty, who was also suffering from a lower leg injury was stabilised before a stretcher evacuation. Due to the severity of the injury, helicopter assistance was requested but it was unavailable resulting in a two hour descent to a waiting ambulance.
Both casualties were transferred to Downpatrick and Daisy Hill hospitals respectively.
With the changing weather conditions at the onset of Autumn heading into Winter, hill walkers should be fully prepared and clothed for their time in the Mournes. Weather conditions can and do change quickly.
If you would like to support the Mourne MRT you can donate online by visiting www.justgiving.com/mournemrt or you can donate via text by texting MMRT10 £2 / £5 or £10 to 70070. Your support at this time is very much appreciated.
The Mourne Mountain Rescue Team which is responsible for 90% of all mountain rescue incidents in Northern Ireland last year was awarded the ‘Queens Award for Voluntary Service’is a voluntary organisation on call 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, and is accepted as a registered charity by the Inland Revenue.
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