School pupils suffer hypothermia during Mourne mountains expedition

A school group have been rescued from the Mourne Mountains after a number of them developed hypothermia when the weather deteriorated.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 5th April 2016, 9:14 am
Updated Tuesday, 5th April 2016, 12:56 pm
Picture taken by the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team of the unfolding rescue last night
Picture taken by the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team of the unfolding rescue last night

Mourne Mountain Rescue Team said one of the pupils was suffering from severe hypothermia and was lapsing in and out of consciousness while a number of others had mild symptoms. All have now recovered.

A total of 23 rescuers were involved in the operation on Monday night to bring the 11 members of the expedition group to safety, with additional support from paramedics.

The pupils, who are aged between 16 and 17, were in an isolated area of the mountains on the western flank of the Slieve Beg/Commedagh Col.

Mourne mountains

The rescue team praised the actions of the teenagers to seek shelter and help each other out when they got into trouble.

“Clearly, had it not been for the outstanding efforts of the young people in this group, this situation would have been much, much more serious,” said a Mourne Mountain Rescue Team statement.

The team received the distress call at around 7.15pm on Monday and the rescue operation concluded at 1.10am.

Martin McMullan who took part in the rescue operation told the News Letter they were thanked by those they had helped down from the mountain.

Mourne mountains

“The children involved thanked us last night,” he said.

Meanwhile countless messages of support and thanks flooded the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team Facebook page.

Messages included: “Fantastic work! Well done, and well done to the kids coping so well too. Big hugs to all the frantic parents too, can’t imagine what a worry that was!” and “Amazing job by all the rescue team!”.