Two men rescued from mountain

Two men in their twenties were rescued from the slopes of Sliabh an Iarainn mountain near Drumshanbo on Saturday afternoon.

Two men in their twenties were rescued from the slopes of Sliabh an Iarainn mountain near Drumshanbo on Saturday afternoon.

The men had been climbing the mountain on Friday but failed to return. Gardai alerted the Sligo-Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team at 11.30am on Saturday, June 30.

Aided by the Irish Coastguard Helicopter in Strandhill, both men were located at 3pm on Saturday. They were transferred to Sligo General Hospital where they were treated for hypothermia.

Sligo-Leitrim Mountain Rescue are urging people to check the weather forecasts before heading out into the mountains, especially in light of the recent poor weather conditions.

Temperatures can fall quite rapidly at altitude and it is all to easy to become disorientated if the weather suddenly worsens. Ensure you let people know where you are going, what route you plan to take and when you think you will be back. Also ensure you pack food and adequate clothing and carry a mobile phone.