The Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue team responded to a staggering seven incidents in one day on Sunday 10 June. Sunday 10 June was a day like no other for the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team when they attended no less than seven incidents over an eight-hour period.
The first incident was at 12:30 when a teenager got stuck on the cliffs at the side of Powerscourt Waterfall. While out exploring, the boy had become crag-fast and was unable to move up or down. The Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue team located the boy using SARLOC technology and accessed his location from the top of the cliffs. Using a rope system to secure his safety, they assisted the boy to the top of the steep ground and from there he was walked and returned to his parents who were waiting at the bottom. The incident was stood down at 15:30 hours.
While en route to help in Powerscourt, a member of the Glen team came across a motorcyclist who had come off his bike. The team member assessed the motorcyclist and treated them for a suspected spinal, wrist and shoulder injury. The motorcyclist was then packaged and transferred to a HSE ambulance when it arrived.
Simultaneously, other members of the Glen team were put on standby after a call came in from An Garda Siochána for members of team to standby to assist an ambulance crew to evacuate a casualty from Bray Head but as it transpired, the Glen team was not required.
At 5pm that evening there was another incident when a woman who had fallen and hurt her kneeon the Spink in Glendalough had to be assisted. She was stretchered from the mountain via the blue route to a waiting ambulance and transported to hospital. The incident was stood down over three hours later. And while the Glen Team was responding to this incident, they got called to another! Three people had become crag-fast while traversing the boulder-field near the Miners’ Village and needed assistance. When the Glen team arrived, one of the individuals had descended safely but the other two were still stuck. Using a rope system to secure those in difficulty, the Glen Team walked in and assisted them to the top of the boulder field. From there they were able to safely walk out and back to the car park. The incident was stood down at 20:23.
While en route to this call out the Glen team came across a man seeking assistance to locate the rest of his party. They had become separated and he was concerned for their safety. The Glen team drove through the forest tracks and located the missing party. They were escorted back to the upper lake car park where the group was reunited.
The last incident of the day was when the Glen Team was tasked by An Garda Síochána to find amale hillwalker in the Ballinastoe area who failed to return from his walk. However it was quickly established he was safe and well and on his way home.
The work of the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue volunteers represents just one type of activity Irish Red Cross volunteers engage in, voluntarily, around the country every single week.
Irish Red Cross volunteers draw from a fleet of 144 vehicles (mainly ambulances) when working in the Wicklow Mountains and across the country during extreme weather events. This fleet is also used by volunteers when providing first-aid cover at numerous sports and cultural events across Ireland each week. But this fleet is expensive to maintain. Insurance is just one cost incurred while ambulances need to be manned by appropriately qualified volunteers, and training is expensive. After a very busy 12 months Irish Red Cross resources have been depleted and that is why, this summer, the Irish Red Cross is fundraising with our volunteers in mind.
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