Mountain rescue teams responded to 345 call-outs across the country during 2020, according to the latest statistics released by Mountain Rescue Ireland.
However, the representative body for the 11 mountain rescue teams on the island of Ireland noted that some teams were put under enormous pressure, due to what it described as the “needless call-outs”, during the cold snap earlier this year.
“Some of these call-outs were absolutely needless – with people putting themselves and the voluntary mountain rescue personnel in danger. Heading out on a mountain trek in bad weather, going ill-equipped and untrained for some of the conditions is not a wise decision to make,” according to Mountain Rescue Ireland.
The call-out numbers showed a slight increase over 2019, when there were 330 total incidents during the 12-month period. And those numbers for 2020 also peaked alongside lockdown changes across the country.
“Our colleagues in Mountaineering Ireland have also expressed concern with the latest number of call-outs, and offer great advice with three simple questions which people should consider before heading out – Do I have the right gear? Do I know what the weather will be like? Am I confident I have the knowledge and skills for the day?”
The primary advice from Mountain Rescue Ireland is to adhere to all government guidelines, and always to consider these questions before heading out on a mountain trek.