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KMRT Callout Scroll 2000 - 2004

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2000 2001 2002 2003 2004


4th January 2000. Torc. Alert

The Killarney Gardaí alerted the Team when a walker went missing from a group on the Old Kenmare Road. The Team was mobilised but the call was cancelled soon afterwards when the person returned to her car at Derrycunnihy.


19th February 2000. Devil's Ladder. Assistance.

Killarney Gardai called the Team when they received a call from a walker saying she had broken her ankle. On calling her back it was established that she was at the top of the Devil's Ladder. The Team was immediately mobilised and the IMES helicopter was requested. As the Team was moving in the Hag's Glen the helicopter effected the rescue and removed the casualty to Tralee General Hospital.


8th March 2000. Colly. Alert.

Caherciveen Gardaí contacted the Team after a group of fifteen were reported overdue on a climb of Colly mountain. As the callout was being assessed the group returned safely.


18th March 2000. Torc. Rescue.

The Team was called when a group of scouts were overdue on a climb of Torc. The group was escorted from the hill by the Team, assisted by National Park Rangers.


26th March 2000. Coomloughra. Rescue.

The Tralee Gardaí contacted the Team having received a call from a group of walkers saying that one of their group had broken his lower leg. The Team carried the casualty from the mountain by stretcher and handed him over to an awaiting ambulance.


2nd April 2000. Curraghmore. Rescue

The Team was called on to rescue a walker who had suffered a broken ankle whilst walking on the Kerry Way near Curraghmore. The casualty was treated at the scene and then carried by stretcher to O'Sullivan's yard and from there by car to Kate's. Members of her group then transported her back to Cork University Hospital.


23rd April 2000. Carrauntoohil. Alert.

An anxious friend of three people who were climbing Carrauntoohil contacted the Team, as the weather on the mountain was bad and the party was badly equipped. The group returned safely prior to the full mobilisation of the Team.


27th April 2000. Hag's Glen. Rescue.

Killarney Gardaí contacted the Team following reports of a walker who had injured her lower leg whilst walking from Cronin's yard towards Carrauntoohil. The incident happened near where the path from Cronin's meets the path from Lisliebane. The injury was treated at the scene and she was evacuated to the Lisleibane track, involving a crossing of the Gaddagh River and a roped stretcher haul up the steep bank. She was then carried by stretcher to Lisleibane and from there in the Unimog to Killarney District Hospital, where she was transferred to an ambulance.


27th April 2000. Carrauntoohil. Alert.

The Team were contacted following a report from a camper in the Hag's Glen that he had seen a light flashing on Carrauntoohil. On investigation the light proved to be the "millennium strobe" on the summit cross.


30th April 2000. Alohart. Search.

The Team was mobilised following reports that two people, who had been walking in the Alohart area, had heard calls for help. An extensive search was then commenced which continued until nightfall before being suspended. A scaled down search involving two SARDA dogs was carried out on the following day. Nothing was found.


2nd May 2000. Torc. Alert.

The Team was contacted by Killarney Gardaí when a walker (who had separated from his friend whilst walking in the Torc/Old Kenmare Road area) reported his companion overdue. Two Team members went to Torc waterfall car park to interview the person. On arrival at the car park it was found that the missing person had just returned.


7th May 2000. Glengarriff. Assistance (non-mountain fatality).

Tralee ambulance control contacted the Team to assist in the recovery of the body of a person who had fallen from the road near the "tunnels" on the Kenmare/Glengarriff road. As the Team was about to set off the call was cancelled as the local fire service had succeeded in recovering the body from its inaccessible position.


20th May 2000. Carrauntoohil. Alert.

Killarney Gardaí contacted the Team following a phone call from a walker who stated that he was lost and that his companion was exhausted after they had set out to climb Carrauntoohil earlier in the day. Two Team members travelled to Lisleibane and Lough Acoose to ascertain where the pair had started. The couple were found at the bottom of the "hydro road" having made their own way down.


17th June 2000. Carrauntoohil. Alert.

At 11.45pm the Team received a call from Killarney Gardaí that two people from Limerick who had set off from Cronin's yard earlier in the day had not yet returned to their car. As it was not known precisely where the two people were heading for or whether they were planning to camp, it was decided to delay a detailed search until first light. At 6.00am it was discovered that the car was no longer there and the Team were stood down. Several people are known to have spent the night on the summit to observe the dawn on one of the longest days of the year and it is presumed that these people had the same intention.


15th July 2000. Carrauntoohil. Assistance.

The Team was called when the leader of a group of walkers on Carrauntoohil reported that he was lost and that one of his group was exhausted. Having made contact with him over a mobile phone it was possible to ascertain where he was and to talk him down.


15th July 2000. Carrauntoohil. Assistance.

When the Killarney Gardaí called the Team to get an update on the previous callout they reported that they had received another call from a couple on Carrauntoohil also saying that they were lost. As with the previous callout, contact was made by mobile phone and the couple were talked down.


11th August 2000. Caha Mountains (Rabuck's Glen). Rescue

Kenmare Gardaí called the Team to rescue a walker (a member of a Czech group) who had fallen and suffered a broken femur whilst climbing at the back of the Rabuck's Glen. The Shannon Coast Guard helicopter was requested however it was on another call at the time and would possibly be delayed. In the event, the Team and the helicopter arrived on the scene almost simultaneously. On assessing the scene it proved impossible for the helicopter to reach the casualty directly. The casualty was therefore treated at the scene and stretchered to the nearest suitable landing zone, from where he was evacuated by helicopter to Tralee General Hospital.


19th August 2000. Tomies. Alert

Killarney Gardaí called the Team when they got a report late on Saturday evening of a car parked on the Tomies road. It was decided to wait until morning before taking any action. In the early morning the Gardaí reported back that the car belonged to a group who had camped overnight on the mountain.


25th August 2000. Carrauntoohil. Alert

At 22.30 the Killarney Gardaí called the Team when a group of campers reported seeing a light flashing on the summit of Carrauntoohil. On speaking with the group it was established that the light was the strobe on the summit cross. No further action was taken


27th September 2000. Eagle's Nest. Assistance.

At 18.00 the Team was called when a group of six tourists and a local guide reported that they were on the Eagle's Nest and could not find their way off it. They also reported that they were cold and very tired. The Team was mobilised and approached the area via the Old Weir bridge. After a short time the group were seen approaching having made their way down from the hill. They were escorted from the area and taken by Team transport to their hotel.


15th December 2000. Killarney Area. Alert.

The Killarney Gardaí asked for the assistance of the Team in their search for a missing person. The search was to start on the following morning at 09.30. On checking back with the Gardaí early on Saturday morning we were informed that the person had returned home at 05.10.


27th December 2000. Tomies Wood. Alert.

The Team was called by Killarney Gardaí when a walker reported himself lost in Tomies wood. Shortly afterwards the call was cancelled as the man was found by National Park Rangers.


29th December 2000. Carrauntoohil. Alert.

Gardaí got a report of the sighting of a flashing light on the summit of the mountain and subsequently called the Team. Investigation proved that the "millennium strobe" had struck again!


11th January 2001. Glentenassig. Alert.

The Team was called by Tralee Gardaí following reports of an injured walker in Glentenassig. The Team was mobilised but the call was cancelled before reaching the site as the injured person was rescued by Tralee fire brigade.


28th January 2001. Crohane. Rescue.

Following reports of a member of a Cork walking group having injured his knee, the Team was mobilised and base was set up at the back of Lough Guitane. The casualty was found 500ft above Lough Nabroda on Crohane. It was decided to carry him to the Kilgarvan road so base was relocated to Rosacroonaloo Wood. At 20.30 the casualty was transferred to a car which took him back to Cork.


Note: All mountain activities were curtailed from February - mid May 2001 due to foot and mouth disease.


25th May 2001. Mangerton. Rescue.

Killarney Gardaí called the Team when they got a report that a member of a school trip to Mangerton had collapsed. The Team was mobilised and the Shannon helicopter was called. As the casualty was just under cloud level the helicopter was able to evacuate the casualty to Tralee hospital.


17th June 2001. Carrauntoohil. Rescue.

Whilst on a training day the Team was called to rescue a walker who had become ill on Carrauntoohil. The walker was found near Cummeen Uachtair lake slowly making his way down aided by companions. The Team assisted him down the remaining way.


24th June 2001. Tomies. Alert.

The Team was alerted by Gardaí when a local guesthouse owner got worried about two walkers who had left that morning to walk on Tomies. They were due back at 17.30. On investigation it became apparent that they had returned to Killarney without calling back to the guesthouse.


8th July 2001. Hag's Glen. Alert.

Following consultation with Gardaí, Team members went to investigate an seemingly abandoned tent that had been noted in an isolated location for at least a fortnight. On examination it quickly became apparent that the tent was in regular use.


13th July 2001. Devil's Ladder. Rescue.

Killarney Gardaí contacted the Team following a report that a climber had fallen on the Devil's Ladder. The Shannon Helicopter was called but could not reach the casualty due to intermittent low cloud. The Team lowered the casualty by stretcher to Ard na Locha from where the helicopter took him to Tralee hospital.


27th July 2001. Keel. Alert.

The Team was called by Tralee Gardaí when they got a report that an elderly local man, who had gone for a walk on the hills behind his home, was long overdue. Whilst the Team were on the phone to his family the man returned home.


3rd August 2001. Hag's Glen. Rescue.

As two walkers were circumnavigating Lough Gouragh they became trapped on the cliffs behind the lake. Both people were lowered to safety by the Team.


11th August 2001. Rossbeigh. Assistance.

During the annual "Trasna na dTonnta" swim, members of the Team were called on to assist a woman who had suffered upper body injuries following a fall from a horse on the back strand at Rossbeigh. She was transferred by ambulance to Tralee hospital.


13th August 2001. Derrymore. Rescue.

The Team was called following a report that a walker, who was walking the Dingle Way, had injured his knee and was unable to walk. He was stretcher lowered to the Tralee - Dingle road and then taken to Tralee hospital.


21st October 2001. Torc. Alert.

The Team was called by Killarney Gardaí when they got a report that a couple, who had been walking in the Torc waterfall area, had become separated and one of them was overdue. As the call was being assessed the missing person returned.


26th December 2001. Carrauntoohil. Fatality & Rescue.

A person approached Team members on the summit of Carrauntoohil with a report that he had received a call from a friend who was climbing with two others on Howling Ridge. Apparently one had fallen a considerable distance. The body of the man was found on the track below the 'Heavenly Gates'. His two friends, although uninjured, were cragfast on the ledge from which the fall had occurred. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter lifted the two stranded climbers from their precarious position before returning to the scene to remove the body to Ard na Locha, from where the remains were transported to the roadhead at Lisleibane.


29th December 2001. Hag's Glen. Rescue.

The Team was called to rescue a walker who had slipped whilst jumping across a stream, sustaining suspected ligament damage. She was carried by stretcher to Lisleibane and transported by ambulance to Tralee General Hospital.


6th January 2002. Devil's Ladder. Rescue.

The Team was called to assist a climber who had fallen near the top of the Devil's Ladder, sustaining facial injuries. She was assisted down the Ladder and transported to Lisleibane and subsequently to Tralee General Hospital.


6th & 7th January 2002. Lough Dubh. Double Fatality & Rescue.

As the Team were preparing to respond to the previous callout, a report came in of a serious accident in an isolated area close to Lough Dubh. It transpired that three climbers from a group of four had fallen, with two reported fatalities. The Team immediately contacted the Coast Guard Helicopter and rushed to an agreed RV point, from where the helicopter airlifted Team members and equipment to the scene. A search of the area found an injured person near the foot of a narrow gully who was evacuated by helicopter in fading light, suffering from head and back injuries. A treacherous night search of the gully unfortunately confirmed that the other two party members had lost their lives. At this stage the operation was suspended until first light due to the dangerous conditions. Following a further helicopter airlift of Team personnel in the morning, the bodies were lowered to the foot of the gully. Due to the inaccessible nature of the lakeshore at this point, they were transported by inflatable canoe to a more suitable helicopter winching point, from where they were removed by helicopter to the Black Valley, where relatives had assembled.


20th January 2002. Gougane Barra. Rescue.

The Team were contacted by mobile phone after a group of seven walkers from Cork became lost and benighted in the Gougane Barra area. The group were quickly located by the Team and walked off to safety.


27th February 2002. Killarney. Referral (non-mountain fatality).

Killarney Gardaí called on the Team to assist them in their search for a local man who had been missing since the previous morning. His car was found in a lay-by near Torc waterfall. It was suggested that Killarney Water Rescue should be called and that KMRT be available if needed. The man's body was found in the water the following morning.


10th March 2002. Carrauntoohil. Rescue.

The Team was called following a report of a climber suffering from severe head injuries after being struck by a rock on a route known as "The Step". The Coast Guard helicopter was called but was unable to operate due to the confined nature of the area and poor weather conditions. The casualty, who had suffered a fractured skull and other injuries, was treated at the scene and lowered from the gully. The helicopter again tried to assist but bad weather forced it to return to Shannon. The casualty was subsequently stretchered to an awaiting ambulance.


22nd March 2002. Killarney. Alert.

The Team was contacted when lights were seen on an island on Lough Léin. The Gardaí and the National Park rangers were notified. The Team was put on standby but no further action was required.


23rd March 2002. Hag's Glen. Alert.

Two walkers called to Killarney Garda station reporting that they had heard calls for help coming from the vicinity of Toinne. Three Team members went to the Hag's Glen to investigate. Walkers, returning from Carrauntoohil, when asked said they had heard nothing. Whistles were sounded from Ard na Locha and the area was scanned with binoculars. Nothing was heard or seen. The callout was cancelled.


31st March 2002. Knocknadobar. Rescue.

Tralee Gardaí called the Team following a report of an injured walker on Knocknadobar. The Team was mobilised to RV at Caherciveen power station. The injured person, who had sustained a broken ankle during a pilgrimage walk, was treated at the scene and stretchered to an awaiting ambulance.


7th April 2002. Broaghnabinna. Alert.

The Team was contacted following a report of shouts coming from the northern slopes of Broaghnabinna. Team members went to the Bridia valley to check the report. Having scanned the area with binoculars and having got no response to whistles and calls the callout was suspended. Later that evening another report of shouts from the same area was received. The Team was mobilised with some members going to the Bridia valley and the rest going to the Black valley. Again no response was received to calls and whistles. At this stage the callout was cancelled.


19th May 2002. Feabrahy Ridge. Fatality.

A report was received that a climber had sustained a significant fall from the Feabrahy ridge, close to Lough Gooch. The Team alerted the Shannon Coast Guard helicopter and rushed to the scene. Unfortunately it was confirmed that the climber had lost his life in the fall, and the body was subsequently airlifted to Tralee.


6th July 2002. Gap of Dunloe. Rescue.

The Team were alerted following reports that a solo climber had become cragfast close to the route 'Ferdia' in the Gap of Dunloe. Contact was made with the climber, who was uninjured, and he was subsequently lowered from the crag with the use of a strop.


7th July 2002. Devil's Ladder. Rescue.

Gardaí contacted the Team at 7.30am with a report of a climber (a participant in a 'four peaks challenge' style event) who had fallen and sustained serious injuries on the Devil's Ladder. Telephone contact was made with the group on the hill, and following verification of the nature of the casualty's injuries, the Shannon Coast Guard helicopter was also alerted. The helicopter airlifted an advance party of Team members close to the scene, who administered first aid to the casualty. Shortly afterwards, the rest of the Team arrived on the scene and began to prepare for a stretcher lower to a suitable helicopter pick-up point. The casualty was subsequently airlifted to hospital in Tralee, suffering from head and neck injuries, multiple fractures and hypothermia.


12th July 2002. Devil's Ladder. Rescue.

The Team were alerted by Gardaí at 6.45pm following reports of a climber who had injured her leg on the Devil's Ladder and was unable to walk. Team members made their way to the scene, administered first aid and stretchered the casualty down to Ard na Locha. She was subsequently evacuated by Landrover and transferred to an ambulance at 12.30am.


19th July 2002. Caher. Assistance.

A group of walkers telephoned Gardaí to say that they were lost somewhere on Caher in mist. The Team co-ordinator contacted the group and was able to 'talk them down' by mobile phone.


21st July 2002. Beenkeeragh. Rescue.

A Team member was contacted with a report of a walker who had suffered an injury close to the summit of Beenkeeragh after a rock had tumbled onto his foot. The initial report was that the walker was going to make his own way down with the assistance of companions, however it soon became apparent that this would not be possible as the injury was worse than first thought. A callout was therefore initiated and the man was stretchered down the Coomloughra side of the mountain and transferred to an ambulance at the bottom of the 'hydro track', suffering from several broken bones in his foot.


30th July 2002. Caher. Fatality.

Shortly after 2.00pm the Team received a report that a walker had collapsed and died suddenly from an acute medical condition on the ridge between Caher and Carrauntoohil. The Team made its way to the scene, and the body was subsequently stretchered down the Devil's Ladder to Lisleibane.


3rd August 2002. Mangerton. Alert.

The Team were alerted after a group of three had strayed from the Old Kenmare Road in mist and become lost. During a preliminary road search a Team member located the group safe and well shortly before a concerned relative also arrived on the scene.


5th August 2002. Derrycunnihy. Search.

Killarney Gardaí called the Team to say that an experienced American walker who had left Kate Kearney's at 14.30 to walk to Derrycunnihy Church had failed to RV with his brother as arranged.The man had been wrongly advised that the walk would take two hours (normal time 3-4 hours minimum), however at this stage the man was several hours overdue. Team members were deployed walking the route and driving nearby roads in a preliminary search but no trace of the walker was found. At 00.30 the search was stood down and a full-scale search was organised for first light. Shortly after this it was established that the man had returned to his accommodation, and the Team were stood down. It is assumed that the man had arrived at the RV point at the same time that his brother had driven to Molly Darcy's to raise the alarm, and made his own way home when there was nobody there to meet him. The two brothers had no way of contacting each other, and no contingency plan if they failed to meet up as arranged.


9th August 2002. Devil's Ladder. Rescue.

The Team received a report from Killarney Gardaí that a walker had been injured on the Devil's Ladder following a fall. On contacting the party by phone it was established that the man had sustained head, arm and pelvic injuries, and was in a serious condition. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter was requested and the Team made its way to the location as rapidly as possible. The casualty was treated at the scene, stretcher-lowered to the foot of the Devil's Ladder and evacuated in fading light to a suitable pick-up point, from where he was transported by helicopter to hospital in Tralee.


12th August 2002. Carrauntoohil. Rescue.

Two support staff for a Five Peaks Challenge event became disorientated and benighted on different parts of the mountain after poor weather closed in around them. The Team located the two individuals some distance apart in the early hours of the morning, and escorted them down to safety in appalling weather conditions.


23rd August 2002. Hags Glen. Alert.

Gardaí were contacted after a group of walkers heard shouts coming from the direction of Cummeenoughter. Two Team members went to the area to investigate and established that there had been two people rounding up sheep in the area at the time. As neither farmer had seen or heard anything out of the ordinary it was assumed that the shouts were their own, and the alert was stood down.


28th August 2002. Lispole. Alert.

The Team were put on standby following a report from Tralee Gardaí that a helicopter had crashed into a hillside in mist in the Lispole area, with one reported fatality. The Team's assistance in recovering the remains was not subsequently required.


7th September 2002. McGillycuddy Reeks. Alert.

Following a report that a walker was long overdue on a walk from Cronin's Yard to the Black Valley, the Team were put on standby while preliminary checks were made. During this time the man turned up safe and well near Lough Acoose and the alert was stood down.


22nd September 2002. Coomacloghane. Alert.

A group of walkers contacted the Team from the Coomacloghane Pocket area to say that one of their party members was suffering from exhaustion, but was being assisted from the mountain by fellow group members. The Team were put on standby but no further action was required.


6th October 2002. Millstreet. Assistance.

Cork Ambulance Control contacted the Team following a report of a young walker who had suffered an open fracture of the lower leg whilst walking on Clara mountain. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter was called but was unable to respond immediately as it was on another operation. Whilst the Team were en route to Millstreet however, the helicopter became available and succeeded in airlifting the casualty to hospital.


26th October 2002. Hag's Glen. Assistance.

The Team received a report that a party of English walkers were benighted after having been unable to cross the swollen Gaddagh River. Following a series of phone calls to try and establish the party's exact position, the Team was informed that they had made contact with a local farmer who was guiding them to safety.


31st October 2002. Hag's Glen. Alert.

A report came in that a pair of American walkers had telephoned friends to say that they were at the "head of the trail" but were quite distressed. Before further information could be gained, phone contact was lost. A party of Team members were preparing to make their way into the Hag's Glen when word came through that the pair were safe and well. The alert was stood down.


14th November 2002. Carrauntoohil. Rescue.

The Team was called during the evening when two climbers had contacted gardaí stating that they had climbed somewhere on the North face of Carrauntoohil but were now unable to find their way off it. They gave a grid reference of what they assumed to be their location. Four Team members went on the mountain in heavy fog and spent considerable time trying to locate the climbers. On descending Brother O'Shea's Gully verbal contact was made and an attempt was again made to locate them. Soon afterwards it was decided to call off the search until daylight. The following morning the pair were located and walked off to safety.


17th November 2002. Hag's Glen. Alert.

The Team received a report that a light had been seen in the area below the Hag's Tooth. As nobody had been reported overdue and no cars were left at the roadhead, the Team were put on standby but no further action was required.


15th March 2003. West Cork. Referral.

Gardaí in Bandon contacted the Team following a report of a car that had driven over a sea cliff. The Team passed on details of the relevant Coast and Cliff Rescue group, and no further action was required.


27th April 2003. Cloghane. Alert.

The Team were alerted by Dingle Coast and Cliff Rescue Team, who were attempting to reach a man with a broken leg but were having difficulties getting to him. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter from Shannon was also finding it difficult to carry out a successful airlift. The Team was put on standby but no further action was required.


2nd May 2003. Devil's Ladder. Assistance.

A group of walkers reported that one of their party had suffered an ankle injury while descending the Devil's Ladder, and was being assisted down by other party members. A contingent of Team members made their way to the area and met the party at Ard na Locha. The injured person and his companions were evacuated the remaining distance by Landrover.


5th June 2003. Reeks Ridge. Search.

Killarney Gardaí contacted the Team at 8.45pm after receiving reports that a walker who had set off at 3.20am to climb Carrauntoohil and traverse the Reeks Ridge had failed to return. The man had left an accurate route description at his hotel, along with his estimated time of return. A full callout was initiated and a major search was planned to try and locate the man before nightfall. As Team members were preparing to commence their search routes, word was received that the man had turned up safe and well in the Black Valley, some 18 hours after setting off.


8th June 2003. Cloon. Assistance.

A Team member who was participating in a club walk raised the alarm after one of the party sustained serious ankle ligament damage following a short fall on a steep and rocky spur south of Lough Reagh. A full callout was initiated, and due to the isolated location of the incident and the rough nature of the terrain, the Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky was requested to assist in the operation. The casualty was subsequently winched on board the helicopter and transferred to Tralee General Hospital, thus avoiding what would have been an extremely long and arduous stretcher evacuation.


29th June 2003. Carrauntoohil. Rescue.

Two climbers became disorientated on the summit in mist and mistakenly began to descend the exposed north ridge. Following a near-accident in which one of the pair was almost blown from the ridge by a strong gust, they retraced their steps back to the summit and called for assistance. Two Team members made their way to the summit from the Hag's Glen (where the Team had been training) and led the pair to safety.


5th July 2003. McGillycuddy Reeks. Alert.

A group of three walkers which included a six year old child had set off on 4th July with the intention of staying overnight in the emergency shelter, ascending Carrauntoohil and returning by early afternoon on 5th. A full callout was initiated shortly after 9pm when the party had failed to return. The group turned up safe and well shortly afterwards, having taken much longer than expected to complete their plan.


12th July 2003. Brandon. Alert.

An elderly female walker fell on Brandon, injuring her ankle. A passer-by who had witnessed the incident contacted Tralee Gardaí by mobile phone when he reached an area of coverage and the Team was alerted. The injured walker's party contacted Gardaí themselves shortly afterwards however, and said that assistance was not required as the casualty was able to walk.


13th July 2003. Torc. Alert.

Two children went missing in the Torc waterfall area, however they turned up safe and well prior to the full Team being mobilised.


29th July 2003. Carrauntoohil. Alert.

Two climbers became disorientated in mist on Carrauntoohil, and called for assistance. On contacting the pair it transpired that they had located a path and descended below the level of the mist. No further action was required.


4th August 2003. McGillycuddy Reeks. Rescue.

A climber fell a considerable distance while descending the Cummeen Mór side of The Bone, sustaining serious head injuries. His companion witnessed the fall but was unable to get down to where the casualty was lying. A full callout was initiated and following a lengthy stretcher lower and carry-out the casualty was transferred to an ambulance at 11.30pm (the Irish Coast Guard helicopter had earlier attended but was unable to effect a pick-up due to weather conditions). The casualty was eventually released from hospital several weeks later.


14th August 2003. Newcastlewest. Referral.

A request came from the Irish Coast Guard to provide assistance in looking for an 82 year old woman suffering from amnesia, who had gone missing in a wooded area close to Newcastlewest. The call was passed on to SARDA, and was later taken on by SEMRA, who have several Team members trained in low-level search management.


25th August 2003. Lispole. Search.

The Team were mobilised after several independent witnesses reported seeing a light aircraft crashing into the mountains near Lispole. The Team joined Fire Brigade personnel at a makeshift base whilst the Irish Coast Guard helicopter overflew the target area, however despite extensive searching in clear conditions, the helicopter failed to locate a crash site.

Following further consultation with eye witnesses, the helicopter then airlifted 6 Team members onto the hill to carry out a sweep search of a specific area.

Despite extensive searching no trace of wreckage was found. It was felt that the witnesses may have seen a flare, as no aircraft were reported missing, however several witnesses were adamant that it was a light aircraft that they had seen. The incident remains unexplained.


30th/31st August 2003. Short Mountain. Search.

A call was received that a 38 year old asylum-seeker had gone missing from a house on the side of short mountain. She had left her two children and her medication in the house, along with a note that hinted that she intended self-harm.

Despite extensive searching in the area, no trace of the lady was found. She later turned up safe and well in the UK.


2nd October 2003. Torc. Search.

An experienced solo walker who had departed Kate Kearney's at 11.15 and was due to be collected at Torc Waterfall at 16.30 failed to arrive and the Team were alerted. A full callout was initiated at 20.00 and the walker was located on the Kenmare Road shortly afterwards. There had been an apparent misunderstanding about the collection point, and he had been waiting elsewhere to meet his driver.


8th November 2003. Hags Glen. Fatality.

An inexperienced walker became separated from his group on the Hag's Tooth Ridge in windy conditions. Some time afterwards two walkers from a different party spotted a body on a scree slope below the ridge. It is presumed that a gust of wind caused the man to lose his balance and fall from the ridge. The Team brought the man's body to Lisleibane.


16th February 2004. Lauragh. Assistance.

The Team were put on standby at 20.15 following reports that a group of 19 walkers were experiencing difficulties descending from a mountain in the Lauragh area. Initial reports were that local people had gone up to lead the group to safety and that no immediate response was required from the Team. A second call was received some time later however to say that two people had become separated from the group and were trapped on a ledge, and that assistance from the Team was now needed. A full callout was launched, however shortly before the Team arrived at the location the two people were successfully led to safety by local people.


29th February 2004. The Paps. Alert.

The Team were contacted by Gardaí shortly after midnight following a report that two men had asked for permission to leave a car in a farmyard at the foot of the Paps but had failed to return. The Team were put on standby for a full-scale search at first light while two Team members went to the scene to investigate. Meanwhile the Gardaí had established an identity for the driver of the car following a number-plate check. Subsequent investigations revealed that they had not planned to return to the car that evening but had failed to notify the farmer of this when they spoke to him earlier in the day. The callout was stood down at 3.30am.


6th March 2004. Brandon. Search.

Dingle Coast Guard contacted the Team at 11.30pm, following reports that an American walker had failed to meet up at an agreed RV point after separating from a friend some 12 hours earlier in the Faha Ridge area. A contingent of KMRT members went to assist Dingle Coast Guard on a night search whilst the remainder of Team members were put on standby for a full search at first light. At 3.00am it was discovered that the lady in question had booked into a B&B in Tralee but had been unable to contact her friend. The Team were stood down.


12th April 2004. Carrauntoohil. Rescue.

The Team were contacted shortly after 15.30 with a report that two walkers were in trouble on Carrauntoohil. On contacting them it transpired that they were cragfast, but were unable to give a precise location. A full callout was initiated and following a brief search the pair were spotted in a spectacularly exposed position on the NE face of the mountain, having taken the wrong route in descent. A crag Team carefully made their way to the area and abseiled down to the two men, who were then roped off the mountain.


13th April 2004. Alert.

A report was received that a person had heard cries for help in a mountainous area. A further call was received shortly afterwards to say that the original call had been a mistake, as the person had in fact been hearing sheep or goats.


22nd April 2004. Hag's Glen. Alert.

Killarney Gardaí contacted the Team following a report from a member of the public that they had witnessed flares and a helicopter in the Hag's Glen area. It was quickly established that the Irish Coast Guard helicopter was on a training exercise in the area, therefore no action was required.


6th-7th May 2004. Gap of Dunloe. Alert.

The Team were alerted after Killarney Gardaí received a report that a car had been left at Kate Kearney's Cottage for a number of days. Garda investigations indicated that it had been hired by a couple from Rotterdam, and following contact with friends of the couple it was established that the pair enjoyed camping, however it was unclear whether or not that was their intention on this trip. Messages were left on the couple's mobile phone to contact the Gardaí as soon as possible. It was agreed with the Gardaí for the Team to remain on standby for 24 hours, as there was no indication whatsoever of which direction the couple had intended to head in. The couple telephoned Gardaí the following day to report that all was well.


14th May 2004. McGillycuddy Reeks. Rescue.

A call was received that a walker had collapsed on the Reeks Ridge, close to the top of the 'Bone'. A full callout was immediately initiated and the Team made their way to the casualty location and commenced first aid treatment for a suspected cardiac condition. The cloud base was below the level of the ridge, therefore the casualty was loaded onto a stretcher and lowered for several hundred feet until he was below cloud level. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter then successfully winched the casualty on board and transferred him to Tralee General Hospital.


6th June 2004. McGillycuddy Reeks. Alert.

A report was received that a competitor in a mountain running event was slightly overdue. The Team were put on standby for a short period as it was decided that a full callout was a little premature. The man turned up safe and well shortly afterwards having become disorientated on the mountain and descended to the wrong location.


7th June 2004. McGillycuddy Reeks. Alert.

Killarney Gardaí were called by a walker who stated that he and his wife had planned to walk from Carrauntoohil to Lough Acoose, via Caher, but "must have taken a wrong turn". The pair were apparently uninjured but there were no further details. Repeated attempts to contact the man by mobile phone proved unsuccessful. A full callout was initiated and the Team mobilised to Lough Acoose with the intention of carrying out a broad sweep of the entire area. Shortly after arriving at Lough Acoose phone contact was finally made, and the man stated that the pair were safe and well in the Gap of Dunloe, having made a major navigational error.


4th/5th July 2004. Brandon. Rescue.

Tralee Ambulance Control contacted a Team member for advice at approximately 23.00 following a report that a teenage walker had been injured in the Brandon area. TAC were advised to contact Dingle Coast Guard in the first instance, while KMRT would standby to respond if required. Shortly after midnight Valentia Coast Guard Station contacted the Team to say that a response was required and a full callout was launched, in conjunction with Dingle Coast Guard and the Irish Coast Guard Helicopter. The casualty was located at approximately 5.30am following an extended search and was treated on the scene for head and knee injuries, hypothermia and extensive cuts and bruising. He was then airlifted to Tralee General Hospital by the Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky. He later underwent surgery before being transferred to the Intensive Care Unit.


29th July 2004. Brandon. Assistance.

Gardaí contacted the Team at approximately 23.00 following a report that two Polish walkers were benighted on Mount Brandon. On contacting the pair by mobile phone it was established that they were uninjured but insufficiently equipped to spend the night on the hill. Their exact location was established and they were advised not to move. Dingle Coast Guard were contacted (due to their proximity to the Brandon area) and subsequently located the pair and walked them off to safety.


2nd August 2004. Brandon. Fatality.

Tralee Ambulance Control received a call from a distressed lady on Brandon saying that a relative had suffered a suspected Heart Attack close to the summit, and that he didn't appear to be breathing. KMRT in conjunction with Dingle Coast Guard responded to the call, and helicopter support was requested. The Waterford based Irish Coast Guard helicopter was unable to reach the summit due to low cloud, however it succeeded in airlifting several KMRT members close to the summit. They were met on the summit by two Dingle Coast Guard personnel (who had been dispatched as a rapid response first aid Team) who confirmed that the casualty was deceased. The casualty was subsequently stretchered down the western side of the mountain in deteriorating weather, arriving at the foot of the mountain at approximately 23.00.


7th August 2004. Carrauntoohil. Rescue.

A call was received from a lone climber (via Tralee Gardaí) stating that he had been caught out in mist between Carrauntoohil and Caher, had descended into Coomloughra and was now cragfast in a narrow scree gully. A chance remark about his surroundings alerted the Team to the fact that he was probably in Collins' Gully, a considerable distance from where he thought he was. A full callout was initiated and the man was located uninjured in the Devil's Ladder area, having made his own way down from the upper part of Collins' Gully.


13th August 2004. Eisc na Muice. Rescue.

The Team were alerted after an American walker fractured his femur on the Eisc na Muice section of the Kerry Way in Killarney National Park. He was treated at the scene before being evacuated to a Team landrover and subsequently handed over to an ambulance for transfer to Kerry General Hospital.


13th/14th August 2004. McGillycuddy Reeks. Double Rescue.

Shortly after returning from the previous callout a call was received from Gardaí to say that two members of a party of six (who had been descending into the Black Valley from the Reeks ridge) had fallen approximately 100 feet and had sustained serious injuries. A full callout was immediately initiated, including members from the Team's reserve list. Helicopter assistance was not possible due to the prevailing weather conditions in the area at the time, and the Team, accompanied by a small number of locals, made their way to the area on foot and located the party in fading light. The two casualties were treated for serious multiple injuries and an arduous night-time double stretcher lower was commenced. The use of ropes was essential to safeguard the safety of casualties and rescuers due to the treacherous underfoot conditions, considerable exposure, and lack of visibility. The two casualties were handed over to awaiting ambulances at 02.45 and 04.30 respectively, and the Team was finally stood down at 07.00 after the remaining members of the party were roped to safety.


4th September 2004. Tomies Wood. Rescue.

The Team received a distress call at approximately 22.30 from a group of four Hungarian walkers who had become benighted in swampy ground close to the Tomies Lakeshore. The Team located the group and escorted them to safety.


17th September 2004. Tomies. Rescue.

The Team were contacted after a pair of walkers became benighted in atrocious conditions on the flank of Tomies mountain, after having earlier become disorientated in the poor weather. A full callout was launched in near-torrential rain, and a party of Team members located the pair and walked them off to safety.


26th September 2004. Mangerton. Alert.

Gardaí were contacted after a walker reported a bicycle locked at the foot of Mangerton after dark. As nobody had been reported overdue it was decided to standby and monitor the situation. No further action was required.


8th October 2004. Brandon. Assistance.

The Team received a call from the Irish Coast Guard saying that a lady had injured her leg on Brandon. The Dingle Coast Guard Team were also responding but felt that they had insufficient personnel to complete a stretcher evacuation. As the Team made their way to Dingle a call was received to say that the Irish Coast Guard helicopter had carried out a successful evacuation.


8th October 2004. Torc. Rescue.

As the Team were returning from the previous callout a message was received from Killarney Gardaí following a report that two walkers were lost in Rhododendrons on the north face of Torc mountain and that one of them had suffered an ankle injury. The couple were located and escorted from the mountain.


20th October 2004. Glencar. Fatality (non-mountain).

The Team were called on by Killorglin Gardaí to carry out a search for a man who had been missing for two days. The man's body was located in woodland and was evacuated to the roadside prior to being transferred to an undertaker.


11th November 2004. Brandon. Rescue.

Tralee Gardaí contacted the Team following a report of a walker in distress on Brandon. It transpired that the man was benighted after earlier becoming disorientated in mist. He was located and walked off the mountain.


16th December 2004. Galty Mountains. Alert.

At 3.00am the Team were contacted by the South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association to request assistance in the search for a walker missing in the Galty mountains. As a contingent of Team members made their way towards the Galtys the missing walker was located safe and well.


24th December 2004. Referral.

An individual contacted the Team looking for someone to co-ordinate a lowland search for a person who had been missing in the Abbeyfeale area for several days. It was suggested that the caller contacted the Civil Defence, as the area in question was not mountainous and as such was outside the remit of KMRT.


28th December 2004. Devil's Ladder. Rescue.

The Team were contacted at 14.30 with a report that a female walker had sustained serious injuries in a fall on the Devil's Ladder. A full callout was launched and the casualty was subsequently stretchered from the Devil's Ladder with head and back injuries and transferred to an ambulance at 19.30.


31st December 2004 - 3rd January 2005. Search/Fatality.

A young Swedish walker failed to make contact with his family as arranged, after informing them by text that he was camped on the summit of Mangerton and intending to walk to Corrán Tuathail the following day. A search of a huge area of mountainous land commenced on the 31st December and continued for four days, involving up to 200 ground searchers (comprised of members of nine mountain rescue teams, five mountaineering clubs, and members of the general public), eight search dog teams, water rescue teams and diving groups. In addition to searchers on the ground, a huge area was searched extensively from the air by the Irish Coast Guard helicopter whenever flying conditions allowed. Civil Defence, An Garda Siochana and Killarney National Park staff were also involved in the operation. After four days of intensive searching involving over 4,500 man-hours, the formal phase of the search was suspended but further searching was carried out by Team members and individuals for several more weekends. On 1st November 2006 a local farmer rounding up sheep in the Horses Glen discovered human remains which had apparently been swept down from elsewhere by a mudslide. They were recovered by KMRT the following day and were subsequently confirmed to be those of the missing man. See also 2/11/06


 
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