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Serviced by dedicated unpaid volunteers, we rely on your support all year round.

The history of organised Mountain Rescue teams began on this island in 1962 when the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team was founded. The Kerry Mountain Rescue Team and the An Γ“ige Mountain Rescue Team were later founded in 1966.

The Mourne Mountain Rescue Team is made up entirely of volunteers who live close to the Mournes. Based at the foot of Slieve Donard in the coastal town of Newcastle, all operations and callouts are currently conducted from the PSNI Station.

Lidl Northern Ireland has been given the green light to proceed with plans to develop a new state-of-the-art store in Newcastle, County Down. The new store, which will be located at Shan Slieve Drive and Bryansford Road, at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, will also provide The Team the space it needs to develop a new facility, future-proofing the organisation and its ability to continue providing a lifesaving service.

The Team are actively fundraising and seeking your help to ensure we have the funds in place to make this exciting project a reality. We need YOUR help to get us the funds we need! To find out how you can donate please visit our donation page. Every Lidl helps…

2021 in numbers

Man Hours

UpΒ 57% from 2020

Callouts

Up 52% from 2020

Team Members

No Change

People Assisted

Down 26% from 2020

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September Callout Updates:
24 – 26/09/22: At 0159hrs this morning a request came from police to locate a walker who was long overdue, having started a challenge walk in the early hours of Sunday morning. The team responded and were implementing a search plan along with assistance from SARDA IN when the missing person turned up safe and well elsewhere. 15 members responded and the team stood down at 0602hrs.
Prior to that, at 1710hrs on Saturday we were asked to assist a walker who sustained a lower leg injury in Donard Forest. He was located, assessed, treated and carried via stretcher to a team vehicle for transport to the roadside and onward transit to hospital. 11 Members responded and stood down at 1901hrs.
On Sunday morning at 1010hrs the team were contacted regarding a deer that had been found by members of the public, snagged in a gate at the Donard forest boundary. Thankfully, by the team members arrived on scene to assess the situation, the animal had been freed by others.
September's other incidents to date have included:
20/09/21: Members of the public reported finding a packed rucsac abandoned on Slieve Bearnagh. The incident was investigated by a team coordinator and the pack retrieved but with no reports of missing or injured person no further action was taken.
19/09/21: A runner reported injured around Ott Mountain was assisted to safety by family member enabling the team to stand down before a full call was instigated.
10/09/21: A report of lights, possibly signalling distress on Binnian was monitored for a time and assessed as requiring no further action.
1/09/21: A call to assist a walker lost in darkness in Castlewellan Forest. Fortunately as the team were gathering information other members of the public came upon the person and guided them to safety.
Along with a training exercise with Irish Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 116 on Saturday morning in the Silent Valley area it’s fair to say that the team had a busy few days. Having passed the autumn equinox, we will be experiencing declining daylight and cooler conditions in the weeks and months to come and hill-goers should adapt their planning and the kit they carry accordingly. Advice can be found here:
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September Callout Updates: 
24 – 26/09/22: At 0159hrs this morning a request came from police to locate a walker who was long overdue, having started a challenge walk in the early hours of Sunday morning. The team responded and were implementing a search plan along with assistance  from SARDA IN when the missing person turned up safe and well elsewhere. 15 members responded and the team stood down at 0602hrs.
Prior to that, at 1710hrs on Saturday we were asked to assist a walker who sustained a lower leg injury in Donard Forest. He was located, assessed, treated  and carried via stretcher to a team vehicle for transport to the roadside and onward transit to hospital. 11 Members responded and stood down at 1901hrs. 
On Sunday morning at 1010hrs the team were contacted regarding a deer that had been found by members of the public, snagged in a gate at the Donard forest boundary. Thankfully, by the team members arrived on scene to assess the situation, the animal had been freed by others. 
Septembers other incidents to date have included: 
20/09/21: Members of the public reported finding a packed rucsac abandoned on Slieve Bearnagh. The incident was investigated by a team coordinator and the pack retrieved but with no reports of missing or injured person no further action was taken.
19/09/21: A runner reported injured around Ott Mountain was assisted to safety by family member enabling the team to stand down before a full call was instigated.
10/09/21: A report of lights, possibly signalling distress on Binnian was monitored for a time and assessed as requiring no further action.
1/09/21: A call to assist a walker lost in darkness in Castlewellan Forest. Fortunately as the team were gathering information other members of the public came upon the person and guided them to safety. 
Along with a training exercise with Irish Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 116 on Saturday morning in the Silent Valley area it’s fair to say that the team had a busy few days. Having passed the autumn equinox, we will be experiencing declining  daylight and cooler conditions in the weeks and months to come and hill-goers should adapt their planning and the kit they carry accordingly. Advice can be found here: https://www.mournemrt.org/mountain-safety/

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Well done to all involved

Think hiking on your own is a no no.Well done to the rescue teams Always there.

Well done all you all have had a busy time excellent work as usual. Stay safe everyone as they said it’s getting a lot cooler up there and the light nights have gone.

A very busy week and thank you for all your great work in keeping everyone safe

Well done again guys, invaluable work as ever

Great work, well done.

Well done everyoneπŸ‘πŸ‘

Well done guys nice to know you are with all who walk

Well done everyone πŸ‘

Well done everyone.

Well done folks πŸ‘

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Go on and make a Direct Debit for £2 a month! Many thanks!

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The Team is made up of 36 volunteers who live in and around the Mourne area. We are on call 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. We undertake a substantial amount of training in advanced first aid, technical rope work and search management.

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