Two die in Mourne Mountains in separate incidents

Two die in Mourne Mountains in separate incidents

Two men have died in separate falls in the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland.

The fatal incidents occurred within an hour of each other on Sunday in the Co Down mountain range.

Police Service of Northern Ireland Inspector Frances McCullough said: “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.

“Police and other emergency services responded but unfortunately both men died at the scene.”

The officer said the deaths were not being treated as suspicious.

Another man was injured in a third falling incident later on Sunday.

Inspector McCullough added: “A third male was also rescued from the mountains with a suspected broken ankle following a fall close to the Saddle at around 2.30pm.”

The mountains are classified as an area of outstanding natural beauty and are popular with hill walkers.

South Down MP Chris Hazzard expressed his condolences to the families of the two men.

“The tragic news that two men died today while walking in the Mournes will have shocked the entire local community,” said the Sinn Fein representative.

“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 elsewhere in the Mournes.

“My thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of those who tragically died in these incidents in the Mournes today.”

Councillor Jill Macauley, who represents the Mournes area, also extended sympathies.

“Traditionally the trails are busy at weekends with walkers and mountain enthusiasts flocking to enjoy the iconic and scenic surroundings the Mournes has to offer,” said the Ulster Unionist.

“Unfortunately today what is a routine and enjoyable trip for many ended in absolute horror.

“I praise the quick and effective response of the police and emergency services, their professionalism and dedication second to none no matter what difficulties they encounter.”

- Press Association

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