Tuesday last was one of the busiest days in the history of the Mayo Mountain Rescue Team - with the exception of Reek Sundays.

The team dealt with three separate call-outs to incidents on Croagh Patrick, between 11am and 7pm.

 

With the exception of Reek Sundays - which take place on the last Sunday of July each year - Tuesday of this week was one of the busiest days ever for the Mayo Mountain Rescue team.

It starts shortly before 11.30am when the mountain rescue team was alerted by Gardai and the Irish Coast Guard to come to the assistance of a man who had sustained a lower leg injury on Croagh Patrick.

A first-response party attended to the casualty who was subsequently airlifted to Mayo University Hospital by the Coastguard for further treatment.

While he was being airlifted by Rescue 118, the Mayo Mountain Rescue team was again tasked at about 2.40pm, again near the shoulder of Croagh Patrick.

The first reponse team and stretcher team who were already on the mountain went to assist a second casualty who had also sustained a lower leg injury.

He was treated and then stretchered down the Reek to the Murrisk side.

A walker who was with a group on Croagh Patrick then advised of a 3rd casualty who required assistance, after being injured in a fall near the summit.

He had managed to descend with the help of his group, but was suffering from exhaustion.

A first-response team  treated him for his injury before assisting the casualty to walk down off the mountain.

The Mountain Rescue Team were finally stood down at about 7pm Tuesday evening after a busy day - and it followed a busy weekend, with two callouts last Saturday - one of which included a complex rescue on steep ground.

The voluntary organisation provides emergency cover 24 hours per day, 7 days a week on Mayo's hills and mountains.

Up to 80% of call-outs annually are to Croagh Patrick.

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