Dramatic New Years Day Rescue

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The first day of 2013 saw a dramatic rescue in Ireland’s North West when a man became trapped on the sheer face of Slieve League after falling whilst out walking that morning.

The Irish Red Cross Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team, Killybegs Coastguard and Donegal Mountain Rescue Team worked together to reach the man; a difficult rescue, due to the position of the casualty, 400m down the sheer cliff.  Daylight hours faded quickly adding a further challenge to the rescue, forcing the rescue teams to work in darkness.  Due to the poor weather conditions and the man’s location, the Sligo-based helicopter, Rescue 118, was unable to reach him. 

After a number of attempts the casualty was reached and winched back up the 400 metres arriving at the top in good spirits at approximately 00.15hrs before being stretchered down to the awaiting HSE ambulance, who transferred him to Sligo hospital. The hiker suffered non-life threatening injuries to his back and a flesh wound to his leg.

The Team arrived back at base in Sligo at 03.30hrs and then headed home, to very understanding families having spent over 14 hours away from them on New Year’s day.

Rescue images

Position of the Slieve League casualty

Main image: The team during Croagh Patrick 2012, courtesy of Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team