The Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team has said the number of call-outs it has received so far this year is "completely unprecedented".

DWMRT members, who are all volunteers, have been called to 42 incidents in 2013.

That compares to 56 call-outs during 2012, and easily surpasses the 2010 total of just 33.

The latest call-out came just before 10am when a car carrying two people got stuck in ice on the Sally Gap.

It was the 11th incident since Thursday, a period the DWMRT has described as "exceptionally busy".

It says many of the call-outs involve so-called "snow tourists" - drivers who set off on mountain roads that are not gritted and can be extremely treacherous.