Two walkers were rescued from a cave in county Sligo at the weekend.

On Saturday the Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team were tasked to the Diarmuid and Grainne Cave in the Glenniff Valley by gardai and the ambulance service, where two walkers had suffered multiple injuries.

They were part of a group of nine who were descending from the cave when the accident occurred.

Fifteen Mountain Rescue Team members reached the scene of the incident, accompanied by three ambulances.

Henry Doherty, Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue PRO says contact was established with the group who were able to give an initial assessment of the casualties to the incident commander.

One of the injured suffered two broken ankles, an injured shoulder and was in severe pain.

The second casualty was in the early stages of hypothermia and had several soft tissue injuries. Pain relief was administered by the paramedics to the injured walkers to alleviate the pain.

The weather were extremely challenging with high winds, rain and fading light and due to the worsening weather conditions and steepness of the terrain, a helicopter evacuation was not possible.

Both casualties were stretchered down to the schoolhouse beneath Diarmuid and Grainne’s Cave where they was transferred by ambulance to Sligo University Hospital.

The injuries sustained by the two walkers were described as “serious but not life-threatening”.

Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team has thanked Northwest Mountain Rescue Team, the Gardai, and National Ambulance Service for their assistance in the rescue operation.


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