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Walkers trapped by swollen streams rescued in Mournes

Two walkers have been rescued from the Mournes as a weather warning was issued last night.

The 55-year-old man and 53-year-old woman from Falkirk in Scotland were stranded close to Bloody Bridge at Newcastle following yesterday’s deluge.

They were found about 400 yards from the car park, but due to the very heavy condition of the river were unable to cross back over the bridge to safety.

The PSNI contacted Belfast Coastguard yesterday afternoon to alert them to the stranded people at the base of Slieve Donard, one of the Mourne Mountains, as heavy rains in the area created two fast-flowing streams that were impassable.

The South Down Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked and the Coastguard in Dublin were contacted requesting the use of the Irish Coastguard helicopter.

The man was winched with a member of the Coastguard team and taken to the helicopter landing site at Donard car park. The female walked down to the Bloody Bridge car park along with members from the South Down Team. Ian Murdock, Belfast Coastguard Watch Manager, urged walkers to be on their guard.

“We urge visitors to have an eye on the weather forecast and the terrain into which they are entering, if they intend to go out walking,” he said.

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