RTE shows rescue team in action

Published 21/11/2012 | 16:56

Members of the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team John O'Sullivan, left, and Joe Doran with Padraic O'Sullivan, of The Beaufort Bar, announcing details of this year's Kerry Mountain Rescue Team fundraiser night, which takes place on Friday, November 30, at the...

THE heroic exploits of Kerry Mountain Rescue Team (KMRT) were highlighted on national television on Sunday night, part of RTE's 'Search and Rescue' fly-on-the-wall series featuring lifesaving rescues from around the country.

The programme showed the Kerry crew doing what it does best, carrying out a difficult rescue close to the Hag's Tooth ridge involving Castleisland woman Carol Hannon who plunged 30 feet down a steep slope.

The rescue took place over the June Bank Holiday in 2011 and, as KMRT PRO Damien Courtney explains, it's one of four operations that will feature on the Sunday night series.

"We've had three or four cameras taking footage of our rescues over the past 18 months and the programme showed first hand exactly what's involved," Damien states.

"The rescue featured required the assistance of the Irish Coastguard helicopter and our members had to stretcher the lady - a member of Limerick Hill Walking Club - down into the Hag's Glen before she could be airlifted," he adds.

The KMRT this week announced a fundraising night in Beaufort Bar on Friday, November 30,.

All are invited and tickets priced at €10 will be on sale at the door or can be purchased in advance from Damien Courtney (087) 9540287 or John O'Sullivan (087 2399789).

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