Double helicopter rescue from Mournes

Published Monday, 29 July 2013
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There was a double call-out for the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team over the weekend, with a helicopter required to help an injured woman - then having to respond to a second incident, before airlifting both casualties to hospital.

Double helicopter rescue from Mournes
Two women were flown to hospital from Slieve Donard after separate incidents. (© Mourne MRT)

A woman sustained head and facial injuries when she fell on the summit of Slieve Donard at about 2pm on Sunday.

The Mourne MRT and the Rescue 116 helicopter attended the scene but, at the same time, a second woman injured her knee in a separate incident as she descended the mountain.

"She was also examined by a team member before being transferred to a stretcher and airlifted by Rescue 116," a spokesman for Mourne MRT said.

"Both casualties were flown to Daisy Hill Hospital for further treatment."

Twelve members of the team had responded to the incidents and were stood down at about 4pm.

© UTV News
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12 Comments
martin in belfast wrote (267 days ago):
@idiot in bangor, how sad are you?, for your information i was on that walk with the lady who got injured, we were walking that mountain for charity and to talk about taxpayers money well we pay our taxes aswell.the woman in question fell at the very top of the mountain and violently hit her head of a rock and suffered serious injuries,we did not call for a helicopter the mountain rescue team did that as they were worried about her.you should think before you spout your vile comments in future. Get well soon Jackie.
Jamesbelfast in belfast wrote (268 days ago):
I believe idiots in Bangor has a point. If soneone choses to participate in a planned risky activity why should the tax-payer foot the bill should they need rescued or treated.
Ciaran in newry wrote (269 days ago):
@a load of idiots in bangor, I would say that the figure spent on these rescues is a drop in the ocean compared to what is spent on the idiot road users who cause a lot more accidents each year. No-one goes up the mountains looking to have an accident and the majority take proper precautions. Should we ban access to the great outdoors to appease your sense of injustice?
Richard in Ireland wrote (269 days ago):
'a load of idiots in Bangor' - Maybe money should be put into safety training and notices for anybody wishing to enjoy the great outdoors. Amazingly, if the recent service provided to the NI farming community from the Irish Government is anything to go by there was no expense incurred to the tax payer, at least not the NI tax payer. This was part of my original query. Does NI have the resources to deal with such situations? It seems we owe these guys a debt of gratitude. All in all these guys provide an amazing service!
a load of idiots in bangor wrote (269 days ago):
why do these clowns go up this mountain , get into trouble then expect the tax payer to foot the bill for them to be rescued? maybe if they had to pay for this service they would not be going up this mountain and putting air crew at risk going to their aid, do they not think that the air crew has nothing better to do?
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