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Multi agency rescue at Ards Forest Park

Donegal Mountain Rescue team on Errigal on Saturday afternoon.

DONEGAL Mountain Rescue coordinated a multi agency rescue of a 62-year-old Kerry woman on Thursday afternoon at Ards Forest Park.

The rescue was coordinated in excellent support and cooperation from the Mulroy Bay Coastguard Unit, a HSE ambulance crew and the Coastguard helicopter crew 118 based at Strandhill in Sligo. Two handlers from our SARDA dog unit also attended.
A spokesperson for Donegal Mountain Rescue Team said: “We picked up the distress call at 12:40 and dispatched a hasty crew to the area.

“However, the coastguard unit who happened to have a boat unit on exercise in the area dropped off a crew member on Binnagorm beach and he was first to locate and stabilise the casualty on a headland beyond the locally famous Iron Man.
“He remained with her until the DMRT and ambulance crews arrived. The casualty was a 62-year-old female from Co Kerry who was holidaying in the area with her husband. She unfortunately slipped on a treacherous section of track and suffered a broken ankle. The woman was in a state of some shock and considerable pain when the rescue crews from the various agencies arrived but stable.

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“Because of the distance she was from the nearest access point, some 2km, a decision was made to call the rescue helicopter.”

The spokesperson said the woman was rescued in a classic exercise of a highline extraction to the helicopter in perfect weather conditions at 14:45.
“She was transported to Letterkenny General Hospital where she was was kept overnight and was undergoing surgery on Friday.”

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