There was double tragedy for the local mountain rescue team at the weekend with the recovery of the remains of a farmer in Drumkeerin and an exhaustive search for a missing Czech national in Donegal. Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team was called to Manorhamilton last Thursday night where man had collapsed in a remote area of Drumkeerin. He was pronounced dead by a GP but due to poor accessibility and the difficulty of the terrain gardai and ambulance personnel were unable to remove his remains.“Using our rescue stretcher we succeeded in removing the man’s remains to a roadway from where he was conveyed to Sligo General Hospital,” explained Team Leader Alan Sayers. “As a team we would like to again extend our sympathy to the family on their sudden and tragic loss,” he added. The next morning they were called to assist the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team after a 57-year-old Czech national went missing from cliffs in the Glencolmcille area. He had been fishing from the sea cliffs there during the week and had failed to return home. After two days of searching the teams were able to find the area of the cliffs where he fell.It appears that he had himself tied with to the cliffs but the rope fayed and his fell off a sharp drop into water below.It is believed his body will be washed back onto shore on Friday and a search will continue then involving Sligo rescue helicopter.
“As a rescue team,” concluded Mr Sayers, “our primary focus is on preserving life. Fatalities are however also an integral part of mountain rescue and we do our best in these circumstances to recover the remains of the deceased in a dignified manner.
“It’s very important for their families.”

Team Searching in the Glencolmcille area

Team Searching in the Glencolmcille area

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