Two men killed in mountain falls

Two men have died in separate falls in the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland.

The fatal incidents occurred within an hour of each other on Sunday in the Co Down mountain range.

Police Service of Northern Ireland Inspector Frances McCullough said: “Police received a request for assistance after a male was reported to have fallen while walking on Wee Binnian shortly before midday and received a further request for assistance after a male was reported to have fallen while walking on Slieve Commedagh shortly before 1pm.

“Police and other emergency services responded but unfortunately both men died at the scene.”

The officer said the deaths were not being treated as suspicious.

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

Inspector McCullough added: “A third male was also rescued from the mountains with a suspected broken ankle following a fall close to the Saddle at around 2.30pm.”

The mountains are classified as an area of outstanding natural beauty and are popular with hill walkers.

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