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Slemish warning

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Slemish warning thumbnailVolunteers at work on Slemish Mountain where a father and his six-year-old son were rescued GB47541 p3

WALKERS have been warned to take extra care after a father and his six-year-old son were dramatically rescued from Slemish Mountain at the weekend.
The pair had gone to the mountain for a "pleasant walk" on Sunday evening but it quickly turned dark and conditions deteriorated.
The Dad made a frantic call to police at about 5.30pm asking for Mountain Rescue to come help him and his now terrified son.
The PSNI tasked the North West Mountain Rescue Team who undertook a dramatic search and rescue operation and their East Section, based in Broughshane, abandoned their evening meals and responded immediately.
A spokesperson for the rescue team said: "Without the proper clothing and equipment and with drastically reduced visibility and temperatures dropping rapidly, on what was already an ice and snow-covered mountain, the father realised the situation was very serious and called for help."
The pair were rescued with the help of 14 volunteers just after 8pm when the temperature had dropped to -4C
The spokesperson continued: "The first four members from the local area arrived and contacted the man by mobile phone.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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