Monday 21 August 2017

Fundraising Irishwoman dies after accident on Kilimanjaro

Ian McKeever, who died on Kilimanjaro in 2013
Ian McKeever, who died on Kilimanjaro in 2013

Olivia Kelleher and Alan O'Keeffe

An Irishwoman has died in an accident on a fundraising trip to Africa.

The woman (35) travelled with a group from Ireland to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

She had been active in raising money for charity as part of the expedition to the African mountain.

It is believed she was involved in an accident at the mountain. She was treated by a doctor at the scene but she died shortly after 8am yesterday.

The woman is understood to be from the Cork/Waterford area. She worked for a company based in Co Cork.

Her name was not released yesterday and her family members were informed of the tragedy yesterday afternoon.

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman confirmed officials were liaising with the victim's family in relation to the repatriation of the body.

The cause of the accident was not disclosed last night.

The group travelled to Africa with the Dublin-based adventure travel company Earth's Edge.

Tragedy

The company referred to the tragedy in a posting on its Facebook page last night.

Another Irish fundraising expedition to Kilimanjaro was marred by tragedy in 2013 when mountain climber and adventurer Ian McKeever was killed on Africa's highest mountain.

Mr McKeever, a well-known charity fundraiser, was leading a group to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro when the group was beset by bad weather.

The 42-year-old was struck by lightning.

His fiancée was among more than 20 Irish people in the group.

Irish Independent

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