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The young women, whose picture accompanies video footage of separate group being rescued, took to their respective Facebook pages to clarify that it was not them.

The young women, whose picture accompanies video footage of separate group being rescued, took to their respective Facebook pages to clarify that it was not them.

The young women, whose picture accompanies video footage of girls being rescued, took to their respective Facebook pages to clarify that it was not them.

The young women, whose picture accompanies video footage of girls being rescued, took to their respective Facebook pages to clarify that it was not them.

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The young women, whose picture accompanies video footage of separate group being rescued, took to their respective Facebook pages to clarify that it was not them.

A group of young women who were incorrectly identified on social media as having to be rescued after they got stranded on the Mourne Mountains have set the record straight.

The women, whose picture accompanies video footage of a separate group being rescued by emergency air ambulance, took to their respective Facebook pages to clarify that it was not them.

The group photo of five girls, some of whom are in their underwear, has been circulating on social media alongside video footage of girls being rescued by helicopter.

A WhatsApp message alongside the photo states: "Had to get emergency helicopter from Scotland to get them, Irish were all busy.

‘Seemingly all Irish helicopters were busy so the coastguard had to ask for a chopper from Scotland to fly across".

However, a post on the Facebook page of Shauna Rogan says: "Hello, I appreciate everything that your team and the air ambulance does for our community.

"I just wanted to clear up the viral comments that is being shared about the girls who had to be saved from the top of Donard. I hope they are okay.

"Photos are circulating and very nasty comments about my friends and I, as people believe it was us who was air-lifted. This is not the truth and hopes that anyone sees this stops the negative comments being shared to all involved.

"Keep up the fantastic work that you do."

The post is added above a picture of five young women, some of whom have stripped to their underwear, with the caption, ‘Braving the elements on top of Slieve Doan this morning’.

An earlier post adds: "F**k me blue there's viral posts going around saying we needed airlifted and rescued from the Mournes last week... just to be clear we obviously didn't.

"The snapchat of those wee girls getting rescued was on Donard...we were on Doan and were up and down the mountain in 4 hours. People are wild’.

Another post on her friend Jodie Murphy’s page adds: "Banter TV page removed the post straight away, and are now being targeted also. They have apologised for sharing it. Can people please not comment or message them.

"Let's just get one thing cleared up. The girls in the video, who got stuck up at the top of Donard who needed to get an air ambulance, is not us. Our photos are being circulated and shared to say it was us. I've been messaged by several people about this being shared on WhatsApp groups also.

"We have had comments made about us, despite the fact it was not us. We appreciate everything the air ambulance does, thankfully we did not need their services. Hopefully the girls are safe and sound.

"We went up Doan, and came down all by ourselves. Thanks."

And another post on the Facebook page of Beth Gray Donaldson adds: "Hey this is just a post to say, we are not the girls that went up donard, we went up doan & we most definitely didn't get stuck and call for air ambulance, just woke up with loads off messages asking are we all okay lol we are all fit, healthy & well!

"Hope the girls that were stuck are all okay! Thanks to the air ambulance services too! keep safe! "

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