Multiple Cavers Rescued On Surface After Climbing Incident
A helicopter came to the aid of one caver while a number of others required assistance following a weekend caving trip in Ireland’s County Sligo.
Ireland’s RTE News reports that a group of student cavers with the University College Dublin and Dublin City University caving clubs found themselves in trouble after visiting Diarmuid and Grainne’s Cave high on the cliffs above Gleniff.
Touted as the highest cave in Ireland, Diarmuid and Grainne’s Cave is steeped in local legend and offers fantastic views of the countryside some 300 meters (980 feet) below.
During their steep snow-covered decent two of the cavers fell and sustained injuries, while four others wound up stuck on a ledge.
Around 4:30pm, the Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team responded to their emergency call, as did members of the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team and the North West Mountain Rescue Team.
Arriving at the scene, the rescuers coordinated an airlift of one of the injured students via Coastguard helicopter to Sligo Regional Hospital while the students who were not trapped on the ledge were safely led down the mountain.
Now dark, the remaining students were lowered from the ledge with the help of the Coastguard helicopter providing lighting support.
What was described by Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team Leader Conal Sexton as a difficult, technical rescue, concluded with everyone safe by 10:30pm.
[via RTE News]