Maumtrasna Oct 2016

Galway Mountain Rescue Team successfully rescued a hillwalker who became ill while walking on the Maumtrasna Mountains northwest of Clonbur, Co. Galway earlier this afternoon. The male hiker, a US citizen in his early twenties, was one of a group of six students on a day trip to the area. The group had reached the plateau and was close to the summit at an altitude of approximately 600m when the male hiker became ill. First aid was administered on the scene by other members of the party including a trainee member of Galway Mountain Rescue Team.
 
The team was alerted by Millstreet Gardai shortly before 3pm and tasked to respond. Team members were dispatched from Galway City and a first response team arrived on-scene at 6:30pm. The hiker had made a partial recovery and was able to descend the mountain with support from Mountain Rescue personnel. Additional personnel were held in reserve nearby in the event a stretcher evacuation became necessary. The hiker was evacuated from the mountain at 9:20pm and transported back to his accommodation, at which point the team stood down and returned to base.
 
Fifteen members of Galway Mountain Rescue Team were involved in the rescue operation and were supported by four members of Mayo Mountain Rescue. 
 

Call Out Report - Diamond Hill / Mam Ean Double Call Out

The Team received 2 call outs with 30 minutes of each other on Saturday October 25th. The first came from Clifden Gardai in relation to a missing male in the Connemara National Park. The first response party arrived a swept the lower park before reports of a sighting of the missing person closer to Letterfrack allowed the Team to divert resources to an emerging incident in the Maumturks where locals had seen lights in the mountains above Glenlosh. The co-ordinates of the location established the Team began researching the possibilities and after an initial investigation determined the likelihood that a night navigation that had descended safely was the source of the illumination. The route to Loch Mham Oichoige was searched and cleared with the Team stood down afterwards. The Team would like to thank Clifden Gardai, Costelloe Bay Coast Guard Unit and Malin Head Coast Guard.

Call Out Report - Devilsmother

The Team was tasked by Clifden Gardai on Tuesday 7th October for a missing tourist who had become sperated from his hiking partner and had not descended during daylight. The Team responded with an immediate first response party to Devilsmother, but while en route the missing person was located after descending in darkness.

Call Out Report - Illion East stand by

On Wednesday September 3rd the Team was put on stand by by Clifden Gardai to assist Clifden HSE ambulance with a work place incident in forestry near Maumeen below the Maumturks. The Clifden Fire Service was able to access the site and the Team stood down shortly afterwards. The Team would like Clifden Gardai, the HSE and the Fire Service.

Call Out Report - Kilmeelickin

The Team were tasked by Clifden Gardai on Thursday 28th of August at 21:50 to respond to reports of a missing fisherman in the Maum Valley. The Team arrived to Kilmeelicklin and joined up with Westport and Cleggan Coast Guard units for a multi-agency rescue. Search parties located the missing person after an intensive search of the west bank of Joyces River navigating through forest, bog and scrubland. The casualty was examined and insulated while a Coast Guard helicopter arrived on scene to investigate the potential of an extraction. However, the weather conditions were treacherous and a second party accessed the site through forestry roads to extract the casualty to roadside where a HSE ambulance assessed the casualty. The Team then stood down at 7:00 am. The Team would like to thank Clifden Gardai, Westport and Cleggan Coast Guard Units, Rescue 118 and the HSE Ambulance crew.


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