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visits the Áras
were honoured to have been invited to the
recent Presidential garden party which was
organised to celebrate the work of Search
and Rescue services throughout Ireland.
(L to R) are Tim Murphy (KMRT Deputy Co-Ordinator),
Alan Wallace (KMRT member), Sabina Coyle
(First Lady), President Higgins, Brendan
Coffey (KMRT Chairman) and Jimmy Laide (KMRT
Arrival of the new Sikorsky
are delighted to welcome the arrival of
the new Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S92 into
the Search and Rescue asset pool in Ireland.
The first S92 is now operational from Shannon
(still under the callsign "Rescue 115"),
and three further S92's will be arriving
in Ireland over the next 18 months to cover
the rest of the country.
S92 is the next generation of SAR helicopter
in Ireland and is likely to be with us for
at least the next 25 years, so the changeover
from the S61 on 1st July was a historic
old S61 has been a great workhorse in SAR
for many years and has saved many lives,
so it was with a certain degree of nostalgia
that we see its retirement, however the
new S92 is faster, more powerful, has a
longer range, can operate in harsher winter
conditions and has much improved SAR technology
and medical equipment on board.
look forward to many years of working closely
with the S92 and saving lives together.
first ever Mountain Rescue callout involving
the S92 happened on 4th August when it was
successfully used to airlift an injured
walker from the 'Bone' in misty conditions
and fading light. The airlift followed a
lengthy stretcher lower from the incident
scene close to the top of the Bone to a
point below the cloud line.
MRT visits Kerry MRT
MRT have long been recognised as one of
the UK's leading authorities on technical
rope rescue, and for several years individual
KMRT members have travelled to Oldham to
attend their annual rope rescue training
a new move, we invited Oldham MRT to travel
to Kerry and operate a training course on
our 'home ground'. Their recent visit went
very well and despite some typical Kerry
weather we managed to get in two excellent
days of training in the Gap of Dunloe, with
the associated evening socialising!
addition to keeping abreast of the latest
developments (Oldham MRT have close links
with technical equipment designers and providers)
it was a fantastic opportunity to build
on the links between our two teams - hopefully
this will be the first of many such weekends.
Gerry Christie Interview
member Gerry Christie gave an excellent
interview on 2FM's Colm Murray show recently.
The interview is available as a podcast
and gives a great insight into what being
a member of a MRT involves.
Mobile phone camera used to locate casualties!
what is believed to be a first for mountain
rescue in Ireland, a mobile phone camera
was recently used to assist in the location
of a party who were unsure of their position
when a party member broke her leg on steep
ground in misty conditions.
party were asked to photograph the view
during a brief clearance and send the photograph
to the Team co-ordinator's mobile phone
as an MMS message.
a direct result of this it was not only
possible to ascertain that they were in
the Curraghmore area, but by aligning features
in the photograph it was also possible to
calculate a bearing that the casualties
were on and to estimate their position along
this information the party were successfully
located and the casualty was stretcher-lowered
to a point below the mist from where she
was evacuated by Coast Guard helicopter.
Appeal for Memories
would like to invite anybody who has been
involved in a callout in any capacity (eg.
rescuer, casualty, relative, landowner etc.)
since the foundation of the Team to relate
their story in as much detail as possible.
This could include such things as how the
incident impacted on them in a personal
capacity, how any challenges were overcome
etc.. To read Muireann Conneely's superbly
written account of the rescue of her party
in April 2009 click
accounts submitted will be published on
this website and it is intended that if
sufficient stories are forthcoming it may
be possible to publish a booklet to raise
funds for the Team.
you can help in any way please contact us
for more details (it may be possible for
somebody to meet with you so you can chat
about your recollections) or forward your
story by e-mail.
As some of these incidents are now over
40 years old we feel it is important to
have the memories documented before they
become lost forever.
would also like to compile a database of
all past Team members, including when each
individual joined and retired from the Team.
If you have any information at all which
may be of interest, please contact
us. Thank You!
SAFETY INFORMATION FOR CARRAUNTOOHIL
would like to alert all walkers to an extremely
dangerous situation which exists on Carrauntoohil
many people know, the summit is surrounded
on three sides by very steep ground,
and has always required careful navigation
to locate the correct route in descent,
particularly in poor weather. This situation
has been exacerbated in recent times by
the fact that a visible ‘false’ track has
now developed leading from the summit directly
towards dangerous ground.
should exercise extreme caution when navigating
from the summit, particularly when visibility
is poor. It should be noted that there are
NO safe descent routes anywhere to
the N, NE, E or SE of the summit.
parties should carry a map and compass and
should include at least one competent navigator
(ie. capable of consistently accurate navigation
in darkness or white-out conditions) as
part of the group.
addition, many popular routes on the mountain,
including the Devil's Ladder, the Heavenly
Gates and Brother O'Shea's Gully are now
becoming severely eroded and demand care.
always, in case of emergency in any mountainous
area in Ireland dial 999 or 112 and ask
for Mountain Rescue.
safety information can be found here.
response to many e-mail queries we have
compiled descriptions of three of the most
popular walking routes up Carrauntoohil.
here for route details