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Sunday 20 April 2014

Injured woman rescued from mountains in Kerry as “storm closed in”

Kerry mountains

A female hillwalker was at the centre of a daring rescue operation yesterday afternoon when she fell and fractured her leg on the side of Mount Brandon.

The Irish Coast Guard at Valentia received a call shortly before 3pm with reports that a member of a walking party had fallen and injured herself amid “shocking” weather conditions.

A helicopter from Shannon Rescue 115 was dispatched to the scene and arrived near the foot of the Dingle Peninsula peak at around 3.40pm.

“She was only 600m away from the car park when she fell,” a radio officer at Valentia told Independent.ie.

“We got the call at 250pm looking for assistance from the ambulance. But the spot was difficult to access so we needed to send out Rescue 115.”

“The storm was really closing in at that stage. Winds were high – up to 45 knots (80kph) would have been blowing about the place at that time,” he said.

The helicopter managed to battle the storm and rescued the injured woman by airlifting her with a winch at approximately 415pm.

Less than ten minutes later, she reached Tralee General Hospital and was treated for the broken leg.

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