Rescue operation for 43 cadets 'in difficulty' in Mourne Mountains

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 2, 2017

Ministry of Defence have confirmed that 40 Army cadets, aged between 12 and 17, had been camping and got into difficulties in the Mournes.

Three Coastguard helicopters, three Coastguard rescue teams, police and ambulances were involved, he said.

The UK Coastguard said it had been contacted before noon and was "currently assisting with a large scale incident involving up to 70 people in the Mourne Mountains" and that "initial reports suggest that all members of the group are accounted for".

In a statement, the United Kingdom coastguard said up to 70 people were involved in the incident.

Three helicopters are also in attendance at Donard Park due to the poor weather conditions. A small number of the group required assistance after slipping on stones and because of exposure to the bad weather.

Rescue teams from Newcastle, Bangor and Kilkeel, as well as helicopters based at Caernarfon and Prestwick, are involved in the operation.

Mourne Councillor Henry Reilly said around ten ambulances were waiting at the Head Road near Annalong.

"I'm down in the lowlands so in the high Mournes it must be incredibly hard".

The mountain rescue team said: "At the minute there is no one in difficulty because they are all being looked after".

Weather has caught them out.

A statement said it was called just before 12pm by the ambulance service. There are 10 ambulances up there at the present time. It is understood that the emergency services are using Carrick Little vehicle park on Head Road as their base.

Colin McGrath, an SDLP MLA, tweeted: 'Major emergency incident in the Mournes with helicopter, coastguard, medical and ambulance responding.

"An emergency helicopter has been overhead too".

The PSNI have urged motorists to avoid roads in the area. "Drivers should seek an alternative route".

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