Rescue team says call-out numbers are unprecedented

Tuesday 02 April 2013 22.18
The rescue team has so far been called to 42 incidents in 2013
The rescue team has so far been called to 42 incidents in 2013

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.