Belfast Telegraph

Father and son rescued from Mourne Mountains after 13-hour ordeal

A father and son were rescued following a 13-hour ordeal after they were trapped in the Mourne Mountains.

Emergency teams were called out shortly before 11pm on Monday night, after the hillwalkers failed to return home by 4pm.

A large search operation then began, involving Mourne Mountain rescue and the coastguard.

Conditions were extremely poor, and included heavy rain, strong winds and almost zero visibility.

Six search parties were sent out to cover an "extensive" area, with a search dog also being brought in from Donegal.

But requests for air support "proved impossible", according to Mourne Mountain rescue.

"The father and son pair set off from the Trassey area on Sunday afternoon for an overnight camp but failed to return home as planned by 4pm on Monday," a spokesman for Mourne Mountain rescue said.

After five hours, the pair were found.

They were then transferred to an ambulance to be checked over.

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