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Friday 27 April 2018

Woman rescued from MacGillycuddy Reeks

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

A WOMAN was rescued on the MacGillycuddy Reeks last night close to where a Japanese man was killed in April.

The woman, who is visiting the Killarney area from Asia and is an experienced walker, was walking on her own on the Coimin na Peiste Ridge on Carrantuohill, on a steep section over 3,000 ft high, when she got into difficulty.

She raised the alarm at 7pm using a mobile phone and a rescue operation was launched by Kerry Mountain Rescue.

Damien Courtney said 20 members of the rescue team took part in the search in very wet conditions with poor visibility.

They established voice contact with the woman at 9pm and shortly afterwards she was located on the Coimin na Peiste Ridge.

She was said to be cold and hungry but had not suffered any physical injuries.

She was able to walk down the mountain with the assistance of members of the mountain rescue team and the operation was concluded at midnight.

A 26-year-old Japanese man lost his life in April when he fell while crossing the Coimin na Peiste Ridge.

This was the second call out by the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team in two days.

On Sunday, they launched a search for a German woman who had got injured on Torc Mountain and was unable to get back down the mountain.

The woman had been on her way down when she injured her ankle. She was airlifted by the Waterford Coastguard Helicopter to Kerry General Hospital.

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