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Men missing on mountain are found

Irish rescue helicopter
The pair went missing on Lugnaquilla mountain

Two men missing in the Wicklow mountains overnight have been found alive.

They had been climbing on Lugnaquilla on Monday at about 1600 GMT when they were stranded in a freezing fog which reduced visibility.

They lost their map and called for help using a mobile phone. There are no details at present as to their condition.

Mountain rescue teams from Northern Ireland joined the search for the pair.

They worked alongside the Dublin, Wicklow and Glen of Imaal mountain rescue teams and the Irish army.

The Irish coastguard helicopter was also involved.

"It's a testament to all the different emergency services that they can work so efficiently together and turn out such a great result," said Paul Gilbert, one of the rescuers.

"It was a race against the clock to find these guys in time because of the nature of the injuries they could have sustained from the cold, and also the potential for loss of life due to hypothermia."



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