Thursday 27 October 2016

Injured climber carried four hours to safety

Published 05/05/2015 | 02:30

Maamturk Mountain
Maamturk Mountain

An injured hiker was carried by rescuers for more than four hours down a steep mountain range.

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The woman was part of a climbing group taking part in the Maamturk Challenge in Connemara, Co Galway, one of the toughest mountain walks in the country.

The group set out from Maam Cross on Sunday morning, but the woman fell on a descent at Mullaghglas Mountain, sustaining a "nasty" leg injury.

Galway Mountain Rescue succeeded in reaching the stricken climber but a helicopter could not be used because of restricted visibility and it took four hours to get the woman to safety. An ambulance took her to Galway University Hospital.

Meanwhile, a man in his 30s from Innishannon, Co Cork, who went missing overnight on Sunday was found safe and well at Drumkeen Woods yesterday.

The man was reported missing by his concerned parents and a search was initiated by the gardaí at Bandon station, assisted by around 18 volunteers from Cork West and Cork South Civil Defence.

Irish Independent

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