Man dies after fall on country’s highest mountain peak
Published 24/07/2016 | 21:26
Emergency service workers have recovered the body of a man after a fall on the country’s highest mountain peak.
Gardaí said the man’s body was recovered by Kerry Mountain Rescue from Carrauntoohil at approximately 8pm on Saturday evening.
Emergency services received reports of an apparent fall shortly after 2pm on Saturday afternoon.
A person out walking witnessed a man falling at the northern face of Carrauntoohil.
Kerry Mountain Rescue workers responded, and were assisted by the Shannon-based Coastguard helicopter.
Using ropes and blocking equipment, rescue workers managed to bring the body down a steep rock face of the mountain in an operation that lasted over two hours.
Gardaí are in the process of identifying the man, who is believed to be an Irish national in his 50s.
He appears to have been walking on his own on Saturday.
Gardaí in Killorglin were conducting checks on car parks and guesthouses on Saturday night in an effort to confirm the man’s identity.
There have been three serious falls on descent routes on the mountain range in recent weeks. A spokesperson for the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team urged walkers to exercise caution when on Carrauntoohil.
“Any of the decent routes on Carrauntoohil are very steep and can present significant hazards and challenges for even the most experienced hillwalkers and climbers,” the spokesperson said.
“All three falls have been very serious and the latest is very tragic,” they added.
Earlier this month, a man suffered serious head injuries after he fell while scaling Carrauntoohil.
Conditions on the mountain were said to be difficult.
Kerry Mountain Rescue Team stretchered the man down the mountain and he was airlifted to University Hospital Kerry by Shannon Helicopter Rescue.
The man had sustained serious head injuries on the zig zags route of the mountain.