AT approximately 2.40pm on Wednesday 27th August, the voluntary Mourne Mountain Rescue Team (MMRT) were tasked to locate a walker who had fallen about fifty feet in the Eagle Rocks area of the Mourne Mountains on the slopes of Slieve Donard.
Ed Kilgore MBE, Chairman of the MMRT, said, “The team gathered and on hearing of the injuries requested helicopter back up from the PSNI and Coastguard to locate and evacuate the casualty.
“Due to the terrain and lack of clear information it took a little while to locate the casualty. The first response group located the man and quickly assessed his condition. He had a bad head wound and was losing blood this was compounded by a hand injury and suspected two broken bones in his right leg.
“The Coastguard helicopter from Dublin which had been assisting in locating the casualty had to leave the scene to refuel and quickly returned to the scene. By this time the Mourne team members had stabilised the casualty and had him loaded onto their stretcher.
“Due to the position close to the crag the team had to move the stretcher to a position to allow the helicopter to winch the man onboard. He was then flown to Musgrave Park hospital and due to the nature of his injuries he was then transported by road to the Royal Victoria Hospital were he is now considered to be in a satisfactory condition.”
Mr Kilgore added that the team stood down at 6pm and that they would like to thank the PSNI and Coastguard for their help in this call out.
Fundraising Day At Donard Park
The Friends of the MMRT organised a big fundraising day at Donard Park in Newcastle last Saturday. In a sun-baked day visitors enjoyed the many stalls and events that took place. The big attraction was the monster trucks which caught the eye of every wee boy in the park. They took part in a pulling competition and in the evening drove around the town of Newcastle honking their horns at all the visitors lining the streets.
The work of the MMRT is done by volunteers and this was an important day in helping raise awareness about he organisation and its role in rescue in the Mournes.
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