Tragedy In Mournes As Two Men Die In Separate Incidents

Police have confirmed that two men lost their lives in separate falls on the Mourne Mountains on Sunday 13 January.

After issuing a warning to members of the public to take care due to strong winds on the County Down mountain range, police responded to three separate incidents.

One man was rescued with a suspected broken ankle following a fall close to the Saddle at around 2.30pm.

"In strong winds we managed to airlift one male but sadly the two others had died. Our thoughts are with their loved ones," a spokesperson for PSNI Air Support said.

Inspector Frances McCullough added: "Police received a request for assistance after a male was reported to have fallen while walking on Wee Binnian shortly before midday and received a further request for assistance after a male was reported to have fallen while walking on Slieve Commedagh shortly before 1pm.
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"Police and other emergency services responded but unfortunately both men died at the scene."

Sinn Fein MP Chris Hazard expressed his condolences after the deaths, which he said has shocked the entire community.

"The first died on Wee Binnion while the second lost his life after a fall in Slieve Commedagh.  I'd like to commend Mountain Rescue and the emergency services who responded to today's incidents and who also rescued a third walker who got into difficulties.

"My thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of those who tragically died in these incidents," the south Down MP added.

Alliance Party Executive Member Sorcha Eastwood added in a post on Twitter on Monday 14 January: "Terrible news from the Mournes yesterday. Devastated for the families. Grateful for the emergency services for their work in keeping us safe and putting themselves in harm's way."


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