Airlifted rescuers abseil from near top of Carrauntoohil to carry injured woman down 2,400ft

Airlifted rescuers abseil from near top of Carrauntoohil to carry injured woman down 2,400ft
Photos via Kerry Mountain Rescue.

The volunteers of Kerry Mountain Rescue have rescued an English woman after she fell while descending Carrauntoohil.

At around 1.45pm yesterday afternoon they were called out to the woman, who is in her 40s, after she had fallen whilst walking down the Central Gully with her climbing partner.

The Rescue 115 Coastguard Helicopter airlifted equipment and rescue personnel onto the mountain from Ard na Locha.

Photos via Kerry Mountain Rescue.
Photos via Kerry Mountain Rescue.

Having abseiled from near the summit, members of the team treated the casualty at the scene of the fall for head and suspected spinal injuries, before beginning to carry her down by stretcher more than 2,400ft down the mountain over what they described as "extremely difficult terrain".

A rescue landrover took her from Ard na Locha to Kissane’s Cottage, where she was transferred to a waiting ambulance and brought to Kerry University Hospital for further treatment.

Photos via Kerry Mountain Rescue.
Photos via Kerry Mountain Rescue.

The whole rescue operation finished at around 10pm last night and involved 30 members of the rescue team.

Kerry Mountain Rescue said weather conditions on the mountain at the time were very good, but there are some hard compacted snow sections in north-facing gullies, while the ground on high ridges and around summit tops is still frozen.

They have urged walkers and climbers in the area to take care, and ensure that they are experienced in winter climbing and are properly equipped before planning a visit to the Reeks at this time.


More in this Section

Justice Minister: 'Direct Provision is a guarantee of safety... there is no restriction on freedom'Justice Minister: 'Direct Provision is a guarantee of safety... there is no restriction on freedom'

Doors to reopen at school after legal fight over structural defectsDoors to reopen at school after legal fight over structural defects

Court hears murder accused asked to see garda in prison and then admitted stabbing musician  Court hears murder accused asked to see garda in prison and then admitted stabbing musician

Petition to save Ireland's largest nursing home for dementia patients handed to DáilPetition to save Ireland's largest nursing home for dementia patients handed to Dáil


Lifestyle

Aileen Lee meets Christina Kenny - co-founder and design director of Lamb Design - to talk about her work and inspirations.Christina Kenny of Lamb Design: ‘I love bringing the outside in and inside out’

Tyrone designer Sharon Wauchob on her career and the worth of luxury fastion. By Paul McLachen.From Marc Jacobs to her own label, Tyrone designer Sharon Wauchob on her life in fashion

The recent sentencing of two teenage boys for the murder of Ana Kriégel has once again brought the issue of pornography into public discourse. The details of the case, which are finally coming into public knowledge, illuminate some very worrying trends that are pervasive in the modern adolescent world and as parents and indeed as a society we can no longer languish in complacency.Learning Points: Hardcore porn can pollute our children’s minds

If children are confident in interacting with others it takes away so much stress and social anxiety for them. Not too long ago, my daughter Joan and I were out with friends at a restaurant and we wanted extra water and a few other bits and Joan volunteered to go up and ask the waiter for them. My friend was really surprised at this and said that none of her children would willingly do that.Mum’s the word: We should look for chances to strengthen our kids’ social skills

More From The Irish Examiner