Woman airlifted after suffering serious injury on Croagh Patrick
A WOMAN has been airlifted off Croagh Patrick after suffering a serious head injury.
A total of 17 people were injured while carrying out the annual pilgrimage earlier today.
However, the vast majority of these suffered minor cuts and abrasions which could be treated on site.
The woman sustained the injury after falling near the summit of the mountain during the annual Reek Sunday climb.
She was airlifted by helicopter directly to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar.
She was one of two casualties airlifted from the mountain earlier today.
The incident occurred shortly after 9am near the top of the mountain when the woman fell and sustained a serious head injury. The injury occurred on what is known as the cone of the mountain and she was carried by rescue workers to the summit in "a dazed state", according to the Order of Malta.
A 67-year-old man who suffered a cardiac incident was also airlifted from the mountain and brought to the hospital by ambulance.
The man was a tourist who was holidaying in the area and took part in the climb.
The number of injuries sustained by pilgrims was down on previous years.
Last year, more than 20 people were injured with three airlifted from the mountain including an 83-year-old woman and a teenage boy.
A spokesperson for the Order of Malta said the number of injuries this year was "relatively low".
"The dry weather has meant that the path is not a slippy as previous years but people still need to take care. We need to get away from the idea of people going for a walk, they are not walking, they are climbing a mountain," said Eamon Berry, duty manager with the Order of Malta.