Rescue helicopters land at major incident in Mournes

Mourne Mountain

Mourne Mountain

A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: 'UK Coastguard is now assisting with a large scale incident involving up to 70 people in the Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland.

About five of the children hurt their ankles, and Northern Ireland Ambulance said 16 were suffering from hypothermia, but no serious injuries have been reported among the group, who were based at Ballykinlar Camp.

A Coastguard helicopter at Annalong Marine Park, close to the Mourne Mountains.

United Kingdom emergency officials said 63 youngsters between the ages of 12 and 17 together with 10 adults were evacuated from the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland after being stranded by poor weather.

Emergency services were alerted to a "large number" of people stranded following "increment weather" on Wednesday afternoon, according to the United Kingdom coastguard.

"Initial reports suggest that all members of the group are accounted for, however four people may be suffering from exposure".

Reports of the size of the group differ but at least 50 people were believed to be in trouble.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the Army Cadet group were undergoing adventure training on the Mournes when the decision was taken to withdraw as the weather conditions worsened.

A rescue operation was put in place after 73 people - including 10 adults- experienced difficulties on Wednesday.

Medical staff are treating some people at the scene, it's understood weather conditions are poor.

Earlier: A major rescue operation is underway in the Mourne Mountains in Co Down. The weather conditions have just overcome them.

"Please God all will be ok".

"At present the members of the group are being guided by the team to nearby road access".

"NIAS (Northern Ireland Ambulance Service) are in attendance to provide any medical support required".

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