Saturday 16 December 2017

Team of 20 rescuers sent to aid of man up mountain during Storm Frank

The incident occurred on Carrauntoohill, in Co Kerry Photo: Paul Garnett
The incident occurred on Carrauntoohill, in Co Kerry Photo: Paul Garnett

John Brennan

A team of 20 volunteers were forced to scale a section of Ireland’s highest mountain during Storm Frank to aid of a man who had suffered a broken ankle whilst descending it.

Speaking to, Colm Burke from Kerry Mountain Rescue said, “about 2:30pm we were tasked by the Gardai to attend an incident – there was a group of four hikers out and as they were descending, one of the party fell and sustained a leg injury.”

The incident occurred on Carrauntoohill, in Co Kerry.

“The weather was pretty wild,” Mr Burke said.

The rescue took place as Storm Frank began to batter the country yesterday.

“The whole rescue from getting the call out to getting the casualty to the road was about two and a half hours… It looked like a lower leg break,” said Mr Burke.

The injured man (31) was a part of a party of four “experienced hikers”.

“They were well equipped for the mountain, but the weather was as such that no gear you have would do on a day [like this]”, he explained.

The voluntary Kerry Mountain Rescue team contacted the Valentia Coast Guard to request an ambulance.

It took the team just over an hour to carry the man by stretcher to the bottom of the mountain where the National ambulance service, had dispatched an ambulance to wait for them. 

The man was brought to Kerry General Hospital via ambulance.

Mr Burke urged the public to listen to weather warnings.

“Heed the weather warnings, there were a number of warnings issued in the past few days by MET Eireann – we all knew it was going to be serious weather event occurring.

No matter how experienced you are, you should heed these warnings,” he told

OPW minister Simon Harris spoke on RTE Radio One at lunch time where he said “Real public safety message in this – we saw yesterday, sadly in my view, our emergency services being put at risk by sometimes not all public safety warnings being heeded.

"I would once again reiterate the need for people to heed public safety notices.”

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