A walker tragically passed away at the top of the Mourne Mountains earlier today (Thursday).
The walker collapsed at the summit of Slieve Donard – the highest peak in the Co Down mountain range – around 1pm.
Sadly, despite the best efforts of fellow walkers, the person died at the scene.
A spokesperson for the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team said: “At 1.18pm today, the team received a call for assistance via police for a walker collapsed at the summit of Slieve Donard.
“The team responded alongside Air Ambulance and given the nature of the call also requested the assistance of a SAR Aircraft.
“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all involved, in particular fellow hill walkers, the walker sadly passed away at the scene. 12 members responded and stood down at 4.40pm.
“Our thoughts are very much with family, friends and all those involved at this time.”