Using SARLOC, a SMS text delivered protocol which makes use of the GPS in the casualty’s smart-phone, the Team was able to establish the exact position of the party, and a group of five volunteers were dispatched up the steep climb. The missing party, a little cold but in reasonable condition, were quickly located in the cloud and escorted down off the mountain. The long day had taken its toll on one member of the party, and the descent caused significant knee pain which needed some careful management by volunteers from the Team.
ASART member Graham O’Hanlon was part of the rescue party. “The group were well-equipped, but had lost confidence when they encountered the cloud covered steep ground and called for help. This was the right thing to do in the circumstances; we’d much rather escort people from the top of the cliffs than stretcher them out from the bottom."
Everyone was safely off the hill by 9:30 p.m.