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Dublin: 3°C Monday 6 December 2021

Student airlifted off Ben Wisken after falling on steep ground

The rescue began at 4pm yesterday.

Image: dingbat2005 via Flickr/Creative Commons

TWO STUDENTS WERE injured yesterday on Ben Wisken mountain in Sligo, after getting injured while caving.

Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team, Donegal Mountain Rescue Team, North West Mountain Rescue Team and an Irish Coastguard helicopter were all involved in the rescue effort.

Donegal Mountain Rescue Team said that two of its members assisted in the multi-team effort.

It said that the rescue began at about 4pm yesterday evening:

A group of UCD and DCU students were hiking and cave exploring in the area of the Diarmuid and Gráinne cave in the Gleniff Horseshoe when two of the group took a serious tumble on very steep ground.

Rescue services were immediately sent to the scene.

Members of DMRT and North West Mountain Rescue Team were attending the annual conference of Mountain Rescue Ireland in Gortatole Outdoor Education Centre in Enniskillen. They were tasked to the scene.

Said DMRT:

One male was airlifted to Sligo GH and the injured female, with several other colleagues, were belayed off the mountain.

The rescue was stood down at 10.30pm.

According to DMRT, the ground was steep and slippy due to the snow.

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