Thursday 29 September 2016

Man (50s) airlifted to hospital from MacGillycuddy’s Reeks after serious fall

Catherine Devine

Published 12/07/2016 | 09:50

Credit: KMRT
Credit: KMRT

A man in his mid-50s was airlifted to hospital after he sustained serious injuries from a fall at the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks on Sunday afternoon.

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Kerry Mountain Rescue Team (KMRT) was called to rescue the hillwalker at approximately 4.30pm and his injuries were treated at the scene.

He was lowered from the mountain by stretcher to Ard na Locha where he was transferred to Tralee General Hospital by Rescue 115 Coastguard helicopter for further medical treatment.

A total of 15 KMRT personnel were involved in the rescue effort.

Credit: KMRT
Credit: KMRT

The hillwalker was on the upper northern slopes of Cnoc na Toinne, above the Hag’s Glen in the McGillycuddy’s Reeks when the incident occurred.

Conditions on the mountain were poor with heavy rain and strong winds throughout the day.

This is the third serious incident on this descent route in as many months.

KMRT said: “The common descent routes from most peaks in the Reeks (particularly the popular routes around Carrauntoohill) are steep and rocky, and can present significant hazards and challenges for even the most experienced hillwalkers and climbers.

“The proximity of the range to the Atlantic also means that weather conditions in this area can deteriorate rapidly at any time of the year.”

Credit: KMRT
Credit: KMRT

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