Two men killed in mountain waterfalls

Two men killed in mountain waterfalls

Press Association

Two men died in separate waterfalls in the Morne Mountains in Northern Ireland.

The fatal incidents took place on Sunday afternoon in the Co Down mountains within an hour of each other.

The police inspector from Northern Ireland, Frances McCullough, said: "The police received a request for assistance after a man reportedly fell while walking on Wee Binnian shortly before noon and received a further request for assistance after a man went to reportedly had fallen while walking on Slieve Commedagh shortly before 1pm.

"The police and other emergency services responded, but unfortunately both men died on the spot."

The officer said that the dead were not treated as suspicious.

Another man was injured in a third incident incident later on Sunday.

The men died in waterfalls in the Morne Mountains (Brian Lawless / PA)

The men died in waterfalls in the Morne Mountains (Brian Lawless / PA)

Inspector McCullough added: "A third male was also rescued from the mountains with a suspected broken ankle after a fall near the saddle around 2.30 pm."

The mountains are classified as an area of ‚Äč‚Äčoutstanding natural beauty and are popular with mountain hikers.

South Down MP Chris Hazzard expressed his condolences to the families of the two men.

"The tragic news that two men have died today while walking in the Mournes will have shocked the entire local community," said the Sinn Fein representative.

"I want to compliment Mountain Rescue and the emergency services that responded to today's incidents and save a third walker who got into trouble elsewhere in the Mournes.

"My thoughts and sympathy are with the family and friends of those who have died tragically in these incidents in the Mournes today."

Alderman Jill Macauley, who represents the Mournes area, also gave a lot of sympathy.

"Traditionally, the trails on the weekend are crowded with hikers and mountain enthusiasts en masse to enjoy the iconic and picturesque surroundings that the Mournes has to offer," said the Ulster Unionist.

"Unfortunately today, what was a routine and enjoyable journey for many ended in absolute horror.

"I value the rapid and effective response of the police and emergency services, their professionalism and dedication unparalleled, regardless of the difficulties they face."

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