At 13:35hrs on Sunday, January 8th, Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána to assist a female hillwalker in the Wicklow Gap. The hillwalker, one of a group of two, was descending steep ground when she fell and fractured her wrist.
The walker was assessed and treated by mountain rescue (MR) personnel, and an advanced paramedic from the HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS). During her assessment, it was decided that the safest way to evacuate the woman was by stretcher. MR personnel set up belay ropes, to protect the casualty during the evacuation, while a stretcher party formed. The woman was then carried to safety and transferred to an ambulance.
Mountain rescue would like to thank members of Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) (SARDA), who were training nearby, for assistance with the stretcher evacuation, and also the HSE National Ambulance Service.
Tasking Agency: Gardai
Callout Officer: G. Ward
Incident Date: 08-01-2017
Incident Time: 13:35hrs
Incident Type: Rescue
Incident Site Grid Ref: T105 983
Mobile Phone Used to Alert Emergency Services: Yes