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Walkers rescued from Reek and Ballycroy


Anton McNulty

The Mayo Mountain Rescue team was involved in two call-outs on Saturday evening, with one person taken to hospital following a fall on Croagh Patrick and a pair of lost walkers located and brought to safety in Ballycroy.
The first callout took place on Saturday afternoon at around 4.06pm, when the Mayo Mountain Rescue team was tasked by An Garda Síochána to assist the Coast Guard helicopter with the evacuation of a male casualty from the mountain. He had sustained a leg injury during a fall on his descent from Croagh Patrick.
The casualty was placed on a stretcher and transferred to the Sligo-based R118 helicopeter, which transported him to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar.
The team was stood down at 7.30pm, but at 8.36pm, they were tasked by An Garda Síochána to assist two walkers who had become disoriented in Wild Nephin/Ballycroy National Park while walking along one of the trails.
The two walkers were unable to find their way back to their car, but they managed to reach one of the huts in the forest. From there, they were able to give the rescue team the grid reference from a notice board in the hut, and they were soon located and brought to their vehicle.