TWO men have tragically died in separate falls on the Mourne Mountains in Co. Down today.
The first man fell on Wee Binnian mountain shortly before midday on Sunday, reports BBC News NI, while the second fell about an hour later on Slieve Commedagh.
Police and emergency services responded to both incidents however the men were pronounced dead at the scene.
A third man was also rescued from the mountains after sustaining a suspected broken ankle in a fall near the Saddle at around 2.30pm.
The mountain range, which is popular with hillwalkers, includes Northern Ireland’s highest mountain, Slieve Donard.
Local councillors offered their condolences following the two fatalities.
Terrible tragedy in Mourne today with 2 men being killed &another seriously injured in separate falls in the high mountains - sincere condolences to the families of the deceased. Also massive thanks to our emergency services for the incredible work they do on our behalf &. for us
— Cllr Henry Reilly (@HenryReillyNOEU) 13 January 2019
Thoughts and prayers are with the families of the 2 men who have sadly lost their lives today in the Mourne mountains.
— Glenn Barr (@CllrGlennBarr) 13 January 2019