Quiet festive period on mountains for rescuers


KERRY Mountain Rescue Team (KMRT) have reported a relatively injury free holiday period with just two minor injuries sufferd by hill walkers in separate incidents in Kerry's mountain ranges.

On New Years Day the rescue team was called out to an incident on Struicín at approximately 4pm after a woman suffered a broken leg. The injured party was from the Killarney area and had been descending the mountain when she slipped in wet conditions.

As the mountain is on the approach road into the Gap of Dunloe team members were able to reach the injured party relatively quickly. She was carried to Kate Kearney's Cottage where an ambulance transported her to Kerry General at 6pm.

The incident followed a separate incident on Beenoskee on St Stephen's Day in which a woman suffered a facial injury. Dingle Cliff and Coast Rescue were involved in the initial call out and were joined by KMRT members.

The woman was transported by the Irish Coastguard Helicopter to Kerry General where she was treated for what was described by team members as a bad gash to her face.

"The mountains were fairly wet over the holiday period and we had envisioned more call-outs but, thankfully, it was relatively quiet compared to previous years," KMRT PRO Damien Courtney stated this week.

"Hopefully it shows that people are being more safety conscious when taking to the hills," he added.