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Quad bike officer saves hiker's life

A police officer riding a new PSNI quad bike has been praised after he used it to scale a mountain to a female hiker in distress.

The 23-year-old woman suffered severe dehydration and heat exhaustion on the Trassey track in the Mourne Mountains around midday on July 12. But Constable David Travers raced to the rescue on the mini off-road vehicle.

Sergeant Richard Smith of Newcastle PSNI said: "Severe heat exhaustion can be very dangerous and the inhospitable terrain added to the difficult rescue.

"Our new quad bike was just the thing and its flexibility over the rough ground enabled us to reach the distressed woman and administer first aid."

Area commander Chief Inspector Deirdre Bones commended her officers who she said could "always be depended on to be quick-thinking and use their available resources to the maximum".

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