Northern Ireland

Man and six-year-old son 'home safe' after mountain rescue

A call was made to the North West Mountain Rescue team at around 17:20 GMT on Sunday. Image copyright Northern Ireland Tourist Board
Image caption A call was made to the North West Mountain Rescue team at about 17:20 GMT on Sunday.

A man and his six-year-old son have been rescued from Slemish mountain in County Antrim.

A call was made to the North West Mountain Rescue team at about 17:20 GMT on Sunday.

Joe Dowdall, team leader, said they have now been located.

"Both the father and son have been taken off the mountain.

"They should be home by now, safe and sound.

"They were cold when the team arrived but conditions were windy and there was snow and ice about but they were sound, there were no injuries.

'Caution'

"The team made them comfortable and warmed them up, then got them down the mountain one at a time and made sure they were safe.

"We don't know what conditions were like when they arrived but later on this afternoon the sun did come out and it could be that at that time it looked like an easy enough thing to do.

"We would caution everyone at this time of year, when darkness falls quickly and the weather is prone to change, to really think carefully about going out onto a mountain without proper equipment.

"That said everybody got home safe."

'Harnesses'

"The weather wasn't the problem but we had no exact location as to where the two people were.

"They had no torch or light so it took a small amount of time until we pinpointed them.

"We used ropes and anchors and put the two people into harnesses to get them down safely."