Irish army helicopter in mountain rescue

Published Thursday, 28 March 2013
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Two men have been rescued from Benevenagh Mountain near Limavady by a PSNI rescue team transported by an Irish Army helicopter.

Irish army helicopter in mountain rescue
An Irish helicopter helped bring a rescue team to the mountainside. (© PSNI)

The men made a call to emergency services at around 3pm on Thursday after they got into difficulties climbing a snow gully.

PSNI Search and Rescue were then transported to the scene from Belfast City Airport in the Irish military aircraft, which was in the region providing animal food relief to farmers.

The helicopter dropped the two rescue team members at the top of the gully which was heavy with snow and ice.

One crew member abseiled down to the climbers who were described as in a "very precarious position" on the mountain and winched them to safety.

They were given immediate care on board the helicopter.

A second team of three PSNI Search and Rescue members, who were training, were picked up at Newcastle and transported to the scene by an Irish Coastguard helicopter to provide additional help.

The men, who were uninjured, were brought to their car by the North West Mountain Rescue and were able to return home.

"This operation was resolved in two hours and was made possible through the close working relationship between the different rescue organisations," a police spokesperson said.

Police have warned the public to be aware of snow hazards not normally seen in Northern Ireland such as cornices and avalanche risks in areas affected by snow and strong winds.

"All walkers, even those with winter experience, should bear this in mind and consider the potential risks before embarking on any walks in these areas," the spokesperson added.

© UTV News
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14 Comments
Dave in Omagh wrote (632 days ago):
Excellent wind up from Sinn Fein claiming the MOD will charge for the use of Royal Air Force Chinooks. Can't even believe people fell for it. People will believe anything, as long as it suits their own propaganda. Just be thankfull we have such brilliant folks working for us, both in Britain and Ireland.
Adam in Belast wrote (632 days ago):
@Steve in Ulster So a helicopter from the south took part in a rescue so what? only people in this country would moan about anything. Yap yap yap, it's quite obvious you said that just because it's a helicopter from the irish army it's hardly all that foreign for goodness sake, if you were stuck would you tell them to send it back and get a British one?
Acknow in Philadelphia PA wrote (632 days ago):
Alls well that ends well.Ibet the people who got rescued are really greatful and happy to be alive and thats the way is supposed to be done. no complaining.
Biffo in Dublin wrote (633 days ago):
For all those grumblers. The Irish helicopters used were provided free of charge. Of course that means the taxpayers of the south are paying for ye, but we don't mind. The RAF helicopters are charging NI for their services. Go figure.
steve in ulster wrote (633 days ago):
Has the UK ran out of helicopters, so that we have to rely on foreign ones now?
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