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Two Weekend Rescues In The Mournes By The MMRT
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THE Mourne Mountain Rescue Team (MMRT) made two rescues in the Mournes on Saturday 9th April.
Going for a short walk even, or serious hillwalking or climbing in the Mournes can lead to unexpected dangers and accidents. Always let someone know where you are going and when you are expected back. Throughout the year, the MMRT makes a number of timely interventions, rescuing hill users inujred and in distress.

The Mourne Mountain Rescue Team at work with the Irish Coastguard rescue helicopter in the Mourne Mountains. (Photo by Stephen Lavery).

Ed Kilgore, MMTRT Chairman, said, “The first call at 12.45pm on Saturday was to the Pigeon Rocks area where a climber had fallen whilst climbing and had sustained two broken lower legs. The team stabilised the casualty and lowered him 25 meters to an area where the Irish Coastguard helicopter which was assisting could winch out the casualty safely. The team were assisted by local PSNI and helicopter crew members.

“While still dealing with the first call out, a second call out came in requesting the team to assist a female runner who had fallen on Slievenaglogh.
“She had a suspected broken collar bone and also suffered head and facial injuries the team made their way round to the Trassey Track area and two groups headed out to assist. The Co-ordinator,  because of nature of  the injury, requested the Irish Coastguard helicopter to return to airlift the casualty out. The team started making their way down with the casualty to a suitable landing site where the helicopter came and winched the casualty onboard.
“The team were assisted by a number of race marshals, the helicopter crew and PSNI Mountain Rescue Team.  The local Coastguard were put on standby.
“The rescue finished at 1800 hours.The MMRT would like to thank all who assisted on the two rescues.”
Anyone wanting to assist the team can do so at www.justgiving.com/mournemrt (Registered Charity No. XR82794).