Storm Frank: Rescuers urge everyone to stay off the mountains

The Kerry Mountain rescue Team is urging hill-walkers to heed weather warnings and not to venture out at this time.

Storm Frank: Rescuers urge everyone  to stay off the mountains

The appeal comes after some 20 members of the voluntary rescue service were called out to rescue an injured climber from Carrauntoohil, at the height of Storm Frank in extremely hazardous conditions on Tuesday.

Kerry county councillor John Joe Culloty, a keen hill- walker, said he was astonished anyone thought of hill- walking during this spell of bad weather.

“It’s simply not acceptable to go out in those conditions endangering a voluntary body,” he said.

“It is simply not acceptable”.”

The 31-year-old Dublin man who had to be rescued had climbed Carrauntoohil with three others.

He fell while descending in the Hags Glen, between Lough Gouragh and the base of the Hags Tooth Ridge. The walker’s friends raised the alarm at 2.30pm and Kerry Mountain Rescue Team were tasked to the incident.

The rescuers managed to stretcher him down the mountain to the nearest road where he was transferred to an ambulance at approximately 5.30pm. He was then brought to Kerry General Hospital for further medical treatment.

He suffered a broken ankle and is on his way back to Dublin for surgery today.

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