Tuesday, June 02, 2020

A former Mayo county councillor is recovering in hospital after a dramatic rescue from a North Mayo mountainside.

Ex-Fianna Fáil councillor Frankie Leneghan was airlifted from Slieve Alp, near Ballycroy, last Wednesday night.

The 60-year old suffered a serious leg injury after he became pinned under a quad bike while out farming on an isolated part of Slieve Alp. Mr Leneghan’s family became concerned when he did not return home and the emergency services were contacted.

Locals also joined in the search which went on for a number of hours before the Ballycroy-native was thankfully found.

Inland Fisheries staff working nearby were first on the scene and were able to provide assistance to Mr Leneghan.

The remote area proved difficult to access and rescue helicopter R118 airlifted ambulance and fire brigade personnel to the scene where they provided treatment to the former Erris councillor.

Mayo Mountain Rescue tasked a first response and stretcher party and aided emergency personnel in transporting Mr Leneghan to the helicopter.

Mr Leneghan was airlifted to University Hospital Galway where he is recovering well from his injuries. His relieved family thanked all those who helped in the search efforts and paid tribute to the emergency services for their response.

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