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KMRT visits the Áras

KMRT 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.

Pictured (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 Co-Ordinator).

 


Arrival of the new Sikorsky S92!

KMRT 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.

The 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 moment.

The 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.

We look forward to many years of working closely with the S92 and saving lives together.

UPDATE!

The 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.


Callouts

2012 has continued to be a very busy period for callouts, with a wide variety of different calls over the last few months, sadly including one cardiac-related fatality.

The now-retired Sikorsky S61 Coast Guard helicopter (Rescue 115) from Shannon was involved in several of these calls, and we are eagerly looking forward to working with the new Sikorsky S92, the next-generation of SAR helicopter.

As always, we urge all hillgoers to take the utmost care at all times particularly in navigation, with navigational error remaining the single greatest contributory factor in mountain rescue callouts. Please see the Mountain Safety section of this website for safety advice, and always be fully prepared for your outing.

Newspaper coverage of some of 2011's incidents can be accessed using these links:

Kerry's Eye 26th July
Kerryman 27th July
Irish Examiner 8th August
Kerryman 10th August
Irish Times 15th August
Kerryman 17th August
Kerry's Eye 18th August
Irish Examiner 29th August
IrishExaminer.com 29th October

 


Oldham MRT visits Kerry MRT

Oldham 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 course.

In 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!

In 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 on 2FM

Team member Gerry Christie gave an excellent interview on 2FM's Colm Murray show recently. The interview is available as a podcast here, and gives a great insight into what being a member of a MRT involves.


Mobile phone camera used to locate casualties!

In 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.

The 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.

As 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 bearing.

Using 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

We 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 here.

All 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.

If 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.

We 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!

 


ESSENTIAL SAFETY INFORMATION FOR CARRAUNTOOHIL

KMRT would like to alert all walkers to an extremely dangerous situation which exists on Carrauntoohil at present.

As 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.

Walkers 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.

All 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.

In 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.

As always, in case of emergency in any mountainous area in Ireland dial 999 or 112 and ask for Mountain Rescue.

Additional safety information can be found here.

 


Route Descriptions

In response to many e-mail queries we have compiled descriptions of three of the most popular walking routes up Carrauntoohil.

Click here for route details

 
     

 

 
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