Busy week for Mountain Rescue

On Sunday the mountain rescue received their 34th callout of the year after the Gardai alerted them to an incident where two men were reported to be in difficulty at the St Kevins Bed area of Glendalough.

Members of the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team were in the area, they immediately went to the scene set up a rescue base and assisted National Park Rangers in launching a rescue boat.

Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue team also responded with a vehicle and crew.

The National Park boat brought Mountain Rescue team members into the area. Meanwhile team 4x 4’s were sent along the Miners road with spotters to scan the area thoroughly with binoculars. Two men were located taking refuge in the ruins of Temple na Skellig church on the South side of the Upper lake in Glendalough.

The men were surprised to be asked if they required help as they were enjoying a nice afternoon out and a scramble across the St Kevins Bed traverse! So thankfully all was well and the Rescue teams were stood down at 1535.

The St Kevins Bed area is well known for being a moderate scrambling challenge. The traverse is fine for those who are prepared and skilled however back in the early 00’s , prior to the establishment of the waymarked walks in Glendalough, more than 25% of all calls for Mountain Rescue assistance originated from this area. The Spink boardwalk has taken a lot off that footfall off the lakeshore to a safer and more managable area.

On Saturday evening, the Gardai tasked the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team to assist in locating 2 hill runners who had been missing for over 2 hours on Lugnaquillia, Wicklow’s highest mountain.

The runners, who were competing in an organised event on the mountain, had missed a checkpoint which shut down at 330pm. The alarm was raised by the event managers.

Thankfully the pair turned up safe and under their own steam around 6.20pm.

They had descended down the incorrect spur, having realised their error they retraced their steps and met up with a medic providing cover on the event. He was able to alert the organisers that the pair were safe and no further action was required by rescue personnel. Mountain Rescue stood down their team members at 6.20pm.

On Tuesday 22nd July at approximately 12:12hrs, Gardai tasked mountain rescue to an incident in Glendalough involving a hill-walker who had sustained a head injury.

Members of the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team were in the valley and proceeded directly to the incident site while other team members, along with volunteers from the Dublin/Wicklow Mountain rescue team, responded to the miners village in Glendalough, where they set up Rescue Base

The 55 year male who was out walking with a group of friends had sustained a head laceration having slipped backwards on a rock.

Members of the group he was with provided initial treatment whilst mountain rescue personnel made their way to the incident location above the zig zags on the Glenealo River.

Due to the nature of the incident the Coast Guard helicopter “Callsign Rescue 116” was tasked from Dublin Airport.

The casualty was then winched on board Rescue 116 and transported to hospital for definitive care.


The Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team are very pleased to announce that registration for Moonlight Challenge 2014, which takes place on the 8th of November, is now OPEN!

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