Wednesday, August 24, 2022

By Paul O’Malley

The Mayo Mountain Rescue (MMR) team has had to make eight call-outs to Croagh Patrick during the month of August. The voluntary organisation has experienced a busy month due to the good weather in recent weeks.

On Tuesday, August 2, a team was dispatched to assist an elderly male climber suffering from exhaustion near the shoulder of Croagh Patrick and helped him to descend safely. Two days later, MMR was tasked to assist a woman with a lower limb injury and mild hypothermia and she was helped down the mountain and handed over to a waiting ambulance.

On August 5, the team was placed on standby to assist a man with a scalp injury, while the following day, they helped a casualty who had fallen at the summit and was experiencing back pain. Both were helped to reach the bottom of the mountain safely.

On August 9, MMR was tasked at 10pm by the Gardaí as one adult and two minors had not returned from their climb. The Gardaí subsequently reported that the group had made their way down the mountain and the team was stood down.

On August 12, the team assisted a man with a leg injury and fatigue who was unable to descend and assisted him in walking down the mountain.

On August 13, MMR team was tasked to rescue a casualty with a suspected broken leg and required the services of Rescue Helicopter 118 to transport the patient to Mayo University Hospital. On August 14, the team assisted a man with dislocated patella and handed him over to an ambulance crew.

The total number of callouts this year for the MMR team is 38.

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