Kerry Mountain Rescue saves three people on Carrauntoohil in harsh weather conditions
Kery Mountain Rescue saves three people from Carrauntoohil mountain in County Kerry.
Two women and a man were 150 metres from the summit when they got into difficulty at around 11.30pm last night.
The man fell at Howling Ridge and sustained an injury to his lower leg.
The Kerry Mountain Rescue Team received the call from the group at 11.30pm
The team planned a full callout was for first light, but due to severe weather conditions, including low temperatures, hail, strong winds, thunder and lightning, along with snow underfoot, four rescuers decided to head to the group with food, shelter, and medical supplies.
The climbers reached the group at 3.20am, and after assessing the man’s condition they decided to head down the mountain on foot, reaching Ard na Locha at 7.00am.
Overnight weather conditions were very cold with snow underfoot, strong winds, hail, thunder and lightning.
Alan Wallace from the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team says the injured man was sent to hospital in an ambulance.
There have been four callouts on the mountain since Stephen’s Day, and a total of seven people rescued.
Kerry Mountain Rescue has again strongly urged climbers and walkers to consider the current winter conditions and their abilities before setting out on the mountains.
“It’s winter time, dark comes early,” PRO Alan Wallace said, “There’s snow and ice and it’s windy and rainy. These are winter mountaineering conditions and you need the ability and skill to climb in this weather.”
Mountain walker found safe
Wednesday Updated at 11.55am
A WALKER who went missing on Carrauntoohil, Co Kerry last night has been found safe and well.
The rescue team located the man shortly before 11.00am this morning. He was airlifted to University Hospital Kerry.
An alarm was initially raised after the man called gardaí yesterday reporting that he was lost on the mountain.
Kerry Mountain Rescue set off to rescue him at around 8.00pm.
The man’s exact location was unclear and Valentia Coast Guard used his 999 call to triangulate coordinates for the search, believing that he could be on the Black Valley side of the mountain.
The area was searched last night, however, the teams were unable to find the man.
The search was stood down at 1.00am.
“It was extremely cold, obviously dark, and with little else to go on we decided we would resume this morning,” Alan Wallace, spokesperson for Kerry Mountain Rescue, told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.
The search resumed at 8.00am this morning. Valentia Coast Guard’s helicopter and a number of rescue teams were dispatched to the scene.
The man’s car had been located in the Lisleibane area, five kilometres from Carrauntoohil during the search.
The man was located shortly before 11.00am this morning and was airlifted to University Hospital Kerry.
Yesterday, Kerry Mountain Rescue was involved in two separate operations on Carrauntoohil, rescuing three climbers.