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KMRT Callout Scroll 2005 - 2009


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


3rd January 2005. Corrán Tuathail. Fatality.

During the fourth day of the search which commenced on 31st December (see above), a report was received by Killarney Gardaí that, in an unconnected incident, three climbers had witnessed a fatal fall from the Binn Chaorach ridge. The Team made their way to the scene and arrived there in fading light. The man's remains were subsequently removed by stretcher in appalling weather conditions, arriving down at the valley floor at approximately 8.00pm.


26th March 2005. Cnoc Breasail. Rescue.

Gardaí received a phone call from an English walker at 19.30 to say that he and his companion were unlikely to make it down from the mountain before nightfall. At 20.30 he again phoned to say that the pair were benighted and unable to make further progress. The Team were mobilised and after a brief search located the couple close to Lough Callee before assisting them from the mountain.


27th March 2005. Aghadoe. Referral.

The Team were contacted by Killarney Gardaí following reports that the car of a despondent person had been located in the Aghadoe area. As the area was non-mountain the incident was referred on to the Civil Defence.


18th June 2005. Devil's Ladder. Assistance.

An alert was received at 08.45 stating that a participant in a four peaks event had fallen on the Devil's Ladder and sustained facial and head injuries. On contacting people at the scene it transpired that the man had received some first aid treatment and was walking from the mountain with assistance from his companions. The Team mobilised a Landrover to complete the evacuation but this proved to be unnecessary as the casualty succeeded in reaching Cronin's Yard unaided.


22nd June 2005. Corrán Tuathail. Alert.

The Team were notified at 10.00 after a man undertaking a solo 'three peaks challenge' of Mangerton, Brandon and Corrán Tuathail over the previous two days failed to make contact with a friend after setting off up Corrán Tuathail at 09.00 on 21st. A quick investigation revealed that the man's car was not present at any of the access points to the mountain, and further investigations by the Gardaí established that the man was back at work, having sent a text message the previous day to notify his friend of his safe return. The friend did not receive the message.


27th June 2005. Corrán Tuathail. Rescue.

Passers by heard and saw a man cragfast and calling for assistance on Corrán Tuathail, and the Team were alerted at 15.45. The man was located in a gully below the 'Heavenly Gates' track, having made a navigational error. The Team roped down to him and lowered him off to safety.


8th July 2005. McGillycuddy Reeks. Alert.

The Team were alerted at 09.45 after a person reported seeing flashing lights in the vicinity of the Hag's Teeth. It was felt that the only light bright enough to be seen in daylight would be a camera flash but it was unclear whether someone had made an early start and was simply taking photographs or was using a camera to attract attention. Two Team members were dispatched to the location but found nothing unusual and the alert was stood down.


15th July 2005. McGillycuddy Reeks. Search.

It was reported to the Team that a solo French walker had failed to return to his accommodation the previous night after heading into the Reeks. A search was launched and the missing man was located in the Bridia valley at 14.00, having spent the night on the mountain after becoming disorientated.


21st July 2005. Hungry Hill. Rescue.

A report was received that a walker had fallen on Hungry Hill and sustained serious head and leg injuries. The Team made their way to the area and joined the Coast Guard Team who had already commenced an evacuation. The casualty was subsequently transferred to an ambulance before being helicoptered from Castletownbere to Cork University Hospital, where he underwent surgery for several fractures.


26th July 2005. Torc. Rescue.

As the Team were assembling for a meeting a call was received that a Lithuanian walker had broken his ankle on Torc mountain. The Team immediately made their way to the scene and stretchered the man from the mountain before transferring him to an ambulance.


1st August 2005. Cathair con Rí. Assistance.

The Team were contacted after a teenager suffered a broken arm and head injuries following a fall on Cathair con Rí. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter, which was taking part in a public display on Valentia at the time, was notified by the Team and made their way to the accident location. As the first contingent of Team members were nearing the scene the helicopter successfully evacuated the casualty.


7th August 2005. McGillycuddy Reeks. Alert.

Shortly before 20.00 a report was received that a pair of walkers, who were known to have been on the summit of Corrán Tuathail at 15.30, had not yet returned from the mountain. It was decided to put the Team on standby but delay initiating a full callout to allow the walkers a little more time to return. The pair turned up safe and well shortly afterwards.


9th August 2005. McGillycuddy Reeks. Alert.

The Team were alerted at 22.00 after a German tourist had failed to return after being dropped off at 10.00 near Glenbeigh armed with a road map, sandals and a plan to walk to Killarney "via the mountains". With no more detailed information available, a Team member drove several of the likely roads in the area and the remainder of the Team were put on standby for a wide-scale search at first light. At 00.30 word was received that the man had telephoned travelling companions to say that he was safe and well, and the alert was stood down.


15th August 2005. McGillycuddy Reeks. Alert.

A report was received that a dog had been heard barking persistently in the Curraghmore area. Investigations revealed that a local dog had gone missing several days previously, and as nobody had been reported missing no further action was taken. The dog was subsequently brought down from a ledge by Team members and locals.


4th September 2005. Corrán Tuathail. Rescue.

The Team were contacted shortly before 16.00 after a group of four walkers had become disorientated in mist whilst descending from Corrán Tuathail and became cragfast on the buttress between the main and left forks of Collins' Gully. The Team made their way to the area above where the party were stranded and lowered a Team member to their location using a 200 metre cable. The party were subsequently roped from their precarious position back up to safer ground and walked from the mountain in darkness, arriving at the valley floor at approximately 23.00.


13th September 2005. Derrycunnihy. Assistance.

The Team were contacted by Tralee Ambulance Control with a report of a lady suffering from a cardiac condition in an off-road location in the Queen's Cottage area. The ambulance crew successfully evacuated the patient as the Team arrived on the scene.


4th November 2005. Corrán Tuathail. Rescue.

Gardaí contacted the Team following a report from two walkers saying that they were disorientated on Corrán Tuathail in mist and were unable to find their way off the mountain. The co-ordinator contacted the party by mobile phone and was able to ascertain their likely position and direct them part of the way down the mountain. Three Team members were mobilised to meet them and escort them the remainder of the way.


11th November 2005. Tomies. Rescue.

The Team received a call through Killarney Garda Station that a party of 5 adults and 2 children were lost in the Tomies/Purple area. Mobile phone contact was made with the party and they were directed to a forestry path where they were met by Team members.


19th November 2005. Corrán Tuathail. Rescue.

Killarney Gardaí alerted the Team following a report that a walker had dislocated his knee on the ridge between Cathair and Corrán Tuathail, and a full callout was initiated. The Team requested the assistance of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter which was able to carry out a successful evacuation of the casualty.


1st December 2005. Corrán Tuathail. Fatality.

The Team were alerted by Killorglin Gardaí at 23.00 on the 30th November with a report that a young English solo walker was missing after failing to return to his family earlier in the evening as planned. He was known to have set out to climb Corrán Tuathail from the Coomloughra side at 11.00 on the 29th and a local man who had seen him set off had also reported that his car was still at the same location the following day. A full callout was initiated for first light and the mans remains were subsequently found in the first level of Cummeenoughter, after he had apparently fallen from the NE face of Corrán Tuathail. The body was stretchered from the hill and handed over to awaiting Gardaí.


20th December 2005. Coomloughra. Assistance.

Killarney Gardaí received a call from walkers who had been attempting the Coomloughra Horseshoe, had made a navigational error leaving the summit of Corrán Tuathail and were now benighted and unsure of their location. The Team Co-ordinator made phone contact with the party and from their description of what they had done and their present surroundings it appeared that they were close to the Lough Acoose road. They were advised to continue on for a bit longer and the Team were put on standby. Shortly afterwards the party confirmed that they had safely reached the road and were returning to their car.


2nd January 2006. Adrigole. Rescue.

At approximately 17.30 a report was received that a party consisting of an adult and four children all under 10 years old had been caught out in mist with no map and compass, had ended up on difficult ground in the Hungry Hill area and had become benighted in poor weather. A full callout was launched and the Team made their way to the area, while the local Coast Guard Team commenced a search. After making phone contact with the group it was established that they were closer to Adrigole, however their precise location was unclear and could only be estimated by attempting to match the vague description of their surroundings to features on the map. The main search effort of the Team focused on a coom west of Adrigole and the Team were led to a particular target area by a local landowner. The party were located in this area shortly afterwards and were subsequently given dry clothes, hot drinks and were roped from the mountain in appalling conditions. An ambulance was called as the children were in the early stages of hypothermia, and they were transferred at approximately 23.15.


11th January 2006. Keel. Referral.

A call was received from Killorglin Gardaí about a man who had been missing for two days in the Keel area. As the call was non-mountain in nature it was referred on to more appropriate agencies.


29th January 2006. Corrán Tuathail. Assistance.

A call was received from Killarney Gardaí saying that 2 Polish nationals had become benighted and disorientated near the base of Corrán Tuathail. Contact was made by mobile phone and it was established that the individuals felt that they would be able to safely find their way down to a house whose lights they were looking at. They contacted the Team 30 minutes later to state that they were safe and well.


19th February 2006. Cathair/Binn Chaorach. Rescue.

Killarney Gardaí received a call from two walkers at approximately 16.30 saying that they were lost on Cathair mountain and in need of assistance. All subsequent efforts to contact the pair by phone failed. Although the pair were not thought to be injured, there was some concern about their wellbeing due to the bitterly cold icy conditions and biting wind on the mountain at the time. A full night search of Cathair commenced but no trace of the walkers was found, and the search was extended to adjacent areas. Shortly after midnight one of the search teams began a search descent of Brother O'Shea's Gully and located the pair high up the Cummeenoughter flank of Binn Chaorach. They were subsequently walked from the mountain, arriving down at 02.00.


25th February 2006. Coomloughra. Alert.

The Team were contacted at 3.00am by Cathairciveen Gardaí following calls from concerned locals that a hire car had been left close to the bottom of the hydro track. In the absence of any further information the Team were put on standby for a full callout at first light pending further investigations by Gardaí. A Team member went to the location in the morning and a chance meeting with another walker revealed that the car had not been there at 4pm the previous evening, suggesting that the occupants may well be camping in the area. This was confirmed a short time later and the callout was stood down.


12th March 2006. Cloon. Rescue.

Gardaí alerted the Team at 19.45 following a call from a party of nine walkers who had become benighted on steep ground at the back of Cloon Lake. A full callout was launched and the party were located at midnight. They were subsequently escorted from the mountain, arriving down safely at approximately 3.00am.


16th May 2006. Derrycunnihy. Alert.

The Team received a report that a walker had sustained a suspected broken leg in the Galway's Bridge area. Whilst the Team were en-route to the location word was received that the casualty had been assisted to the road and was being transferred to hospital by car.


3rd June 2006. Hag's Glen. Alert.

Gardaí received a report that a female walker had sustained a head injury whilst fording the Gaddagh River. As the Team were en route to the scene, further contact with the party ascertained that she was now walking towards Cronin's Yard with the assistance of her companions, and the Team's assistance would not now be required.


7th August 2006. Corrán Tuathail. Rescue.

A young walker stumbled whilst descending from the summit of Corrán Tuathail, sustaining facial and shoulder injuries. The casualty was able to make his own way from the mountain assisted by Team members, and was subsequently driven to Kerry General Hospital where he was admitted overnight for observation.


8th August 2006. Cathair con Rí. Alert.

The Team were alerted following a report of shouts for help on the southern side of Cathair con Rí. The callout was stood down after it was established that the shouts were not a request for assistance and were thought to be an attempt to listen to an echo.


31st August 2006. Corrán Tuathail. Assistance.

A call was received from two walkers who were disorientated in mist on Corrán Tuathail. On contacting the pair by phone it was possible to talk them down to the Devil's Ladder, and no further action was required.


9th September 2006. Bridia Valley. Alert.

Gardaí were contacted when two people went missing in the Bridia valley. A further message was received shortly afterwards to say that the pair had turned up safe and well.


13th September 2006. Glaisín na Marbh. Alert.

Gardaí received a report concerning a tent which had been apparently abandoned for several weeks. The tent was subsequently recovered and delivered to the Gardaí. The nature of the tent contents and the fact that nobody had been reported missing led to the view that no further action was required.


1st October 2006. Gap of Dunloe. Alert.

A report was received that a person had been heard calling for help after encountering difficulties on the Eastern side of the Gap. A local person subsequently went to his assistance and helped him from the mountain therefore no further action from the Team was required.


21st October 2006. Mangerton. Alert.

The Team was contacted by Tralee Gardaí following a report that one member of a party of two was suffering from exhaustion on the summit of Mangerton. By the time phone contact was made with the pair the exhausted person had improved and was able to descend unaided. The Team kept in phone contact until the party had safely arrived at the foot of the mountain.


30th October 2006. Torc. Rescue.

A family group found themselves in difficulty and benighted on the flank of Torc mountain and called for assistance. The Team subsequently located the party (aided by camera flashes from them) and walked them off to safety.


2nd November 2006. Mangerton. Body Recovery.

A local sheep farmer discovered old human remains beneath a cliff in an isolated part of the Horses Glen. The remains had apparently been swept down from elsewhere by a mudslide, and the man who found them was certain that they had not been at that location in August 2006. They were subsequently removed by members of KMRT in conjunction with Gardaí and locals before being transported to Kerry General Hospital for analysis. The remains were later confirmed to be those of a Swedish walker who went missing in the area in late 2004.


5th November 2006. Mangerton. Rescue.

The Team received a call through Ambulance Control in Tralee that a female walker had sustained a broken leg on Mangerton. On arriving at the location first aid was administered by the Team before she was stretchered from the hill and transferred to Kerry General Hospital by ambulance.


12th November 2006. Corrán Tuathail. Alert.

The Team were alerted at 18.30 after a walker who had parted from his companion on the summit of Corrán Tuathail earlier in the day had failed to arrive at the foot of the mountain as arranged. As the Team were preparing to mobilise word was received that the man had turned up safe and well after having apparently made a major navigational error.


3rd December 2006. Gougane Barra. Search.

Macroom Gardaí contacted the Team at 3.00am after a solo walker failed to return to his car in Gougane Barra. An initial search of the Gougane Barra horseshoe commenced at first light, and was being extended to outlying areas when word was received that the man had turned up safe and well in Kilgarvan after spending the night on the mountain in appalling weather. He had apparently attended mass in Kilgarvan before contacting his family to let them know he was safe. The Team was stood down at approximately midday.


28th December 2006. Tomies Wood. Rescue.

A call was received saying that a party of two adults and four children had become disorientated in darkness and heavy rain in the Tomies Wood area. Following a mobile phone conversation during which their position was established, a Team landrover was dispatched to bring them to safety.


4th March 2007. Eagle's Nest. Rescue/Referral.

The Team received a report that two walkers had set out from Tomies Wood and were unable to find their way to the Old Weir Bridge. Contact was made by mobile phone and it was established that the easiest access to their location was by boat. The Killarney National Park Rangers were contacted and subsequently ferried the party across the Long Range River and back to the main road.


11th March 2007. Derriana Lough. Alert.

The Team received a report from a hill walking party stating that one of their group was suffering from near-exhaustion and that a callout may be required if the situation deteriorated further. The Team were put on standby and close contact was maintained with the group until the individual was safely off the hill.


7th April 2007. Mullaghanish. Alert.

The Team were alerted after a female had gone missing during a short solo walk. As a preliminary party were preparing to mobilise, the lady turned up safe and well.


2nd June 2007. Mhacha na Bó. Fatality.

A report was received from Tralee Gardaí that a walker had become separated from a group while walking from Mhacha na Bó to Lough Anascaul. The Team had just commenced a search when word was received that his companions had located the body of the casualty in the Mhacha na Bó river. It appears that he may have slipped and fallen into the swollen river some distance upstream of where the remains were located. The Team subsequently recovered the remains.


9th June 2007. Mangerton. Alert.

The Team received a call that a female walker was missing on Mangerton. She turned up safe and well in Kilgarvan before the Team was mobilised.


9th June 2007. Lauragh. Assistance.

The Team received a call via Killarney Gardaí stating that a walker had fallen and sustained head and back injuries in the vicinity of the 'Pocket'. The Team contacted the Coast Guard and requested the assistance of the rescue helicopter. Castletownbere Coast Guard Rescue Team also responded. As the Team arrived on the scene the helicopter had commenced operations and was successful in winching the casualty on board. He was then flown to Kerry General Hospital.


6th July 2007. Hungry Hill. Referral.

Bantry Gardaí contacted the Team following a report from a German walker that he had become cragfast 100m below the summit of Hungry Hill. The Team contacted Castletownbere Coast Guard Rescue Team, and following discussions it was decided that they would respond to the call because of their geographical proximity to the location, while KMRT remained on standby until it was confirmed that the walker had been successfully assisted from the mountain.


10th July 2007. Brandon. Alert.

A report was received from Valentia Coast Guard that an elderly man had fallen high on Brandon and was injured. The Team was put on standby as weather conditions were good and the Coast Guard helicopter was in the vicinity. The Team was stood down when it was confirmed that the helicopter had successfully evacuated the casualty.


7th-8th August 2007. Corrán Tuathail. Rescue.

Killarney Gardaí informed the Team that an 82 year old female and a 16 year old male walker were overdue following an ascent of Corrán Tuathail. The Team were mobilised and the pair were located after a brief search and escorted from the mountain.


8th August 2007. Conor Pass. Assistance.

The Team were contacted following a report that a man had become cragfast high above Peddlers Lake. Dingle Coast Guard Rescue Team had attempted to reach the man but had experienced difficulties and the Coast Guard helicopter was also unable to carry out a rescue. The Team made its way to the scene and discovered that the Dingle Coast Guard Team had now reached the man and were in the process of winching him from the Cliff. KMRT stood by at the scene until the rescue was successfully completed.


15th August 2007. Barley Lake. Alert.

The Team were notified that a ten year old boy had become separated from his family in the Barley Lake area. As the Team were making their way to the area the boy turned up safe and well.


15th August 2007. Barley Lake. Alert.

Following on from the previous callout, later in the evening the Team were notified that some family members who had been searching for the boy had also not yet returned from the mountain. The Team stood by for some time until it was confirmed that everybody involved had safely descended.


21st August 2007. Corrán Tuathail. Alert.

The Team were mobilised following two separate reports of cries for help on Corrán Tuathail. On arriving at the scene it was ascertained that a local farmer had been rounding up sheep in the area and in addition a particularly vocal goat was present in the location referred to by callers. As no further cries for help were heard the callout was stood down.


23rd August 2007. Mangerton. Rescue.

A report was received that a walker had sustained a broken ankle after a simple slip close to the Devil's Punch Bowl. The man was treated and stretchered down the mountain to a point below the cloud base from where he was evacuated to Kerry General Hospital by Coast Guard Helicopter. He subsequently underwent surgery on his badly broken ankle.


23rd August 2007. Mangerton. Alert.

The Team was contacted at 22.30 with a report that a party was overdue on an ascent of Mangerton. Before the Team was fully mobilised the people in question turned up safe and well.


27th August 2007. Corrán Tuathail. Alert.

Gardaí contacted the Team with a report that a 999 operator had received a call from a walker who may have been in distress but that the caller had been cut off and could not be re-contacted. After several attempts contact was made with the man who was safe and well but overdue, and was afraid that his family waiting at the foot of the mountain may have called out the Team unnecessarily.


31st August 2007. Purple Mountain. Rescue.

A report was received that a man had sustained an ankle injury on the southern flank of Purple Mountain and was unable to walk. The Team mobilised and were able to locate the casualty using compass bearings that the party had followed. Following first aid treatment the man was evacuated by Coast Guard helicopter to Kerry General Hospital.


2nd September 2007. McGillycuddy Reeks. Rescue.

The Team was informed by Killarney Gardaí that a party of three was in difficulty in thick fog on the Eastern Reeks. After a night search the party were located close to Cnoc na Péista and were assisted from the mountain.


5th September 2007. Corrán Tuathail. Rescue.

A report was received via Killarney Gardaí that a walker had suffered a suspected heart attack close to Cummeenoughter lake. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter was called but was unable to gain direct access to the casualty due to his enclosed location. It did however airlift Team members part of the way up the mountain from where they made their way to the scene, administered first aid and commenced a roped stretcher lower to the 'first level' from where the casualty was winched into the helicopter for rapid transport to hospital.


8th September 2007. Corrán Tuathail. Alert.

Late in the evening the Team were made aware that a car had been left close to Lisleibane. As nobody had been reported overdue and there was no further information available it was decided to standby and monitor the situation. It was later discovered that the car was no longer there and the alert was stood down.


11th-12th September 2007. Hag's Glen. Rescue.

Shortly before midnight a report was received that a party of 16 were long overdue after setting out to climb Corrán Tuathail at 10.30am. Phone contact was made with the group and it was established that they were slowly descending from Cnoc Broinne into the Hag's Glen after having been severely delayed earlier in the day. Although they were not at immediate risk it was deemed prudent to dispatch a small number of Team members to meet up with the party and ensure that they made it down from the hill safely. The Team members met up with the party and escorted them from the hill, arriving into the Hag's Glen at approximately 5.00am.


22nd September 2007. Camp. Referral.

Tralee Ambulance Control contacted the Team for advice following a call from a man whose companion had become unwell 3 hours after setting off from Blennerville on the Dingle Way. As this part of the Dingle Way is quite close to the surfaced road it was suggested that the Dingle Coast Guard Team would provide the swiftest response due to their geographical proximity to the incident. No further action from KMRT was required.


30th September 2007. Gap of Dunloe. Alert.

A member of the public reported that he had seen a flare near the Head of the Gap and had heard whistles from a different location in the Gap. As nobody had been reported overdue a limited response was initiated to check for parked cars and further signs of distress. It was subsequently deemed that no further action was required. The whistles were thought to be from rutting sika stags but the report of a flare remains unexplained.


5th October 2007. McGillycuddy Reeks. Alert.

Two walkers raised the alarm after encountering difficulties and becoming disorientated on the Reeks ridge. The Team mobilised and were assembling in the Black Valley when the walkers turned up in a car driven by a local person after they had made their own way down from the ridge and knocked on the door of a house.


7th/8th October 2007. Curraghmore. Double Rescue.

A report was received at 7.30pm that two climbers had fallen after becoming disorientated in mist on the descent from Corrán Tuathail. The initial report suggested that they may have been in the Coimín na Péasta area however this was discounted after speaking with them by mobile phone, and they were subsequently located high above Curraghmore Lake. Both were suffering from multiple injuries after falling about 25 feet and a major callout was launched which included the Team's reserve list. In all about 50 members and reserves mobilised and following a complex stretcher evacuation through the night they were transferred to ambulances at 4am and 5am respectively for transport to Kerry General Hospital. The pair were extremely fortunate not to have sustained a much longer and possibly fatal fall.


29th December 2007. Corrán Tuathail. Rescue.

Two walkers became seriously disorientated on descending from the summit, eventually becoming benighted and cragfast close to the 'Step' route from where they raised the alarm. It was initially unclear exactly where the pair had ended up, as they had originally intended descending via the Devil's Ladder and after getting lost had subsequently tried to find their way to the 'Heavenly Gates' track. Team members surrounded the north and east faces of the mountain and following a process of elimination during several periods of shouting, the position of the pair was pinpointed. Team members climbed to the location and roped the pair back to the summit, from where they were escorted out, reaching the valley floor shortly after midnight.


11th January 2008. McGillycuddy Reeks. Alert.

A local person expressed concern about a car that had been parked at one of the access points to the Reeks for several days. Subsequent investigations revealed that the car belonged to visitors who were staying locally and no further action was required.


27th January 2008. Corrán Tuathail. Rescue.

The Team were alerted after a female walker sustained a head injury following a fall in the vicinity of the 'Heavenly Gates'. She subsequently recovered somewhat and was able to walk to the valley floor with the assistance of Team members and companions, from where she was transported by Landrover to the roadhead.


1st February 2008. Foley's Glen. Fatality (non-mountain).

The Team were contacted after the car of a despondent male had been located in Foley's Glen. A search was organised for first light, and the man's body was located shortly after the search commenced. The remains were subsequently brought to the road.


10th February 2008. Bantry. Referral.

A report was received that a quad-biker had sustained an injury in the Bantry area. As the incident location was at low altitude and was geographically closer to Castletownbere Coast Guard Rescue Team, the incident was referred on to them.


15th March 2008. Corrán Tuathail. Search.

Gardaí contacted the Team at 21.30 after receiving a report that a despondent male had telephoned his family to say that he had taken an overdose and gone for a walk up the mountain. He had now decided to return to his car but had become benighted and was struggling to find his way down. An advance party of the Team began to trace the man's likely route but soon afterwards it was reported that the man had managed to find his way to Cronin's Yard. The callout was stood down.


22nd March 2008. Wicklow. Search (Fatality).

A contingent of KMRT members travelled to Co. Wicklow to assist Dublin-Wicklow MRT and Glen of Imaal MRT in a large scale search for a missing walker. KMRT were tasked with searching the northern part of Mullacleavaun mountain. The remains of the elderly walker were located on Black Hill in an area being searched by Sligo-Leitrim MRT.


25th March 2008. Tomies/Shehy. Rescue.

The Team were contacted after a pair of American walkers became benighted in Rhododendron in the Tomies/Shehy area. They were subsequently located with the use of camera flashes and were walked from the mountain.


5th May 2008. Corrán Tuathail. Alert.

Gardaí contacted the Team following reports of a solo walker overdue from an ascent of Corrán Tuathail. As the Team Co-ordinator was discussing the situation with Gardaí they received a further report that he had turned up safe and well.


1st June 2008. Old Kenmare Road. Alert.

The Team received a call that a mountain biker had fallen on the Old Kenmare Road about 3km from the car park and had sustained a shoulder injury. While the team was mobilising the group contacted us to say that he was able to walk back to the Torc car park where an ambulance was dispatched to meet him.


1st-2nd June 2008. Hag's Glen. Rescue.

Tralee Gardaí contacted the team just before midnight to report that 3 walkers had been overtaken by darkness and fog on their descent from Corrán Tuathail. On contacting the group it was established that they were most likely in the Hag’s Glen area. A party was despatched and succeeded in locating the group with the aid of camera flashes.


9th June 2008. Hungry Hill. Assistance.

The Team were contacted by Valentia Coast Guard following reports that a female walker had sustained a broken leg on Hungry Hill. Castletownbere CCR were responding to the call but felt that they would need assistance from KMRT. As the Team arrived at Hungry Hill word was received that the casualty had just been successfully evacuated by Castletownbere.


29th June 2008. Brandon. Referral.

The Team received a call from Tralee Gardaí saying that a 68 year old man has sustained a laceration to his head following a stumble high on Mount Brandon, although the individual was still able to walk. The Team contacted the Dingle Coast Guard who sent some people to assist the man off the hill.


26th July 2008. Mangerton. Alert.

A call was received from a solo walker who had become disorientated in the Stoompa area. The Team co-ordinator attempted to 'talk him down' by giving descent directions over the telephone, however despite the fact that visibility was good and he was following a compass bearing over relatively easy ground he continued to encounter difficulties. When he claimed to be nearing exhaustion and requested a helicopter evacuation a full callout was initiated, however as the Team were assembling word was received that the man was now making better progress and further assistance would not be required.


4th August 2008. Brandon. Search (Fatality).

A contingent of Team members responded to a request for assistance from Dingle Coast Guard Rescue Team in the search for an elderly man who had gone missing in the Brandon area. The man's remains were subsequently located by another search team on 5/8/08.


5th August 2008. Corrán Tuathail. Rescue.

At 1.00am a call was received that a party of 5 teenagers and a middle aged man were in difficulties on the Devil's Ladder in poor weather. A full callout was immediately initiated and subsequent investigations revealed that the party were actually in the Coomloughra area and not on the Devil's Ladder as they believed. The Team reached the party and became concerned about the welfare of the older man who was suffering from severe exhaustion and hypothermia. He was subsequently stretchered from the mountain and transferred to an awaiting Coast Guard Helicopter for a flight to Kerry General Hospital while the remainder of the party were walked from the mountain, arriving down at approximately 8.30am.


10th August 2008. Short Mountain. Alert.

A report was received that a solo walker was overdue in the Short Mountain area. .As the situation was being discussed with the man's family he turned up safe and well.


28th August 2008. Gap of Dunloe. Alert.

The alarm was raised after a female became separated from her family in the Gap of Dunloe and could not be found. A callout was launched but shortly afterwards it was established that the girl was safe and well.


30th August 2008. Cummeen na Peasta. Rescue.

At 16.00 a report was received that a female German solo climber had fallen from the Cummeen na Peasta ridge, close to the 'Big Gun'. On contacting the girl it was established that she had fallen approximately 25 metres and had sustained multiple injuries including a severe knee injury and was unable to walk. A full callout was immediately launched and the Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter was requested to assist. In very trying conditions they succeeded in airlifting six team members close to the casualty site, thereby saving valuable time, however deteriorating conditions meant that the helicopter was unable to play a further role. The climber was subsequently treated by the team and stretcher lowered from the mountain in a difficult operation. She was eventually transferred to an ambulance at 1.00am for the journey to hospital.


27th September 2008. Corrán Tuathail. Rescue.

The team was contacted by Tralee Gardaí after 3 members of the Glen of Imaal MRT had come across an injured walker on Corrán Tuathail. A full callout was initiated and the Shannon Coast Guard rescue helicopter was requested to assist. The person had fallen on one of the rocky steps below the 'first level' and had sustained head and suspected spinal injuries. KMRT members arrived at the casualty site as the helicopter arrived on scene. With assistance from the Glen of Imaal MRT members, the casualty was loaded onto a stretcher which was winched into the helicopter. He was subsequently transferred to Cork University Hospital for treatment.


1st/2nd November 2008. Coomloughra. Alert.

Local people notified Gardaí late on 1st November after a car had been left at the bottom of the Hydro track. A small contingent of Team members drove up the hydro track as it was felt that the owners of the car may be camping in Coomloughra but noted nothing unusual and heard no replies to their shouts. A full scale search was organised for the morning of 2nd, but just as the team were about to commence the search two men arrived in a second car and said that they were there to collect the original one. The callout was stood down.


2nd November 2008. Alert.

Shortly after the last alert was stood down the team was contacted by Tralee Gardaí to report that a parent had become concerned that a daughter, on an outdoor adventure weekend, had failed to call home as arranged. Contact was made with a local course provider and it was established that the person was with her group and was safe and well.


5th November 2008. Hag's Glen. Alert.

Gardai contacted the team following a report that walkers in the Hag’s Glen area had heard shouts for help. On contacting the group it was established that they were travelling in the direction of the shouts and would report if anything further was heard. Contact was again made with the group some time later and they reported that they had not heard anything further and now believed that what they heard may have been a bird. As conditions were calm and clear and nobody was reported overdue it was decided that no further action was required.


21st November 2008. McGillycuddy Reeks. Rescue.

Gardaí were contacted by a hotel saying that a guest had been night walking alone on the Reeks ridge. He had left an accurate route card and had been making regular check-in phone calls with the hotel as arranged, however these had ceased after a final call from Cnoc na Peiste at approximately 5.00am. The Team mobilised for a search and finally located the man several hours later on the summit of Cruach Mhór. It is not known what the man had been doing in the intervening time, but it is noteworthy that the Team had been called out to search for the same individual in a remarkably similar incident on 5th June 2003.


30th November 2008. Gougane Barra. Assistance.

The Team was alerted by Macroom Gardaí after two people had reported that they were lost in the Gougane Barra area. The Team subsequently made contact with the couple who said that they had now ascertained their position. The Team remained in regular contact until the pair confirmed that they were safely off the hill.


7th December 2008. Eastern Reeks. Alert.

At 06.45am a lone walker raised the alarm after becoming lost and disorientated following an incident during which he believed his tent had blown away. A short time later he contacted the Team to say that he had relocated his tent and did not now require assistance.


1st February 2009. Hag's Glen. Search.

Gardaí were alerted after concerned local people noted that a German-registered car had been left overnight at Lisleibane. A limited team response was launched and the owners of the car were located at the 'first level' where they had been camping.


9th February 2009. Lugnaquilla. Assistance.

A contingent of Team members travelled to Wicklow to assist Dublin-Wicklow MRT and Glen of Imaal MRT in the search for and subsequent rescue of two climbers stranded on Lugnaquilla overnight.


15th February 2009. Corrán Tuathail. Alert.

A report was received that a climber was in difficulty in Central Gully, however prior to full mobilisation of the Team a subsequent report was received stating that she was no longer in need of assistance.


22nd February 2009. Glenteenassig. Alert.

The Team received a report from a hillwalking party who were concerned that one of the group was suffering from near exhaustion. It was established that they were close to a roadway and contact was maintained with them until the point at which the person was transferred to an ambulance.


27th/28th February 2009. Corrán Tuathail. Fatality.

A preliminary search was commenced on the evening of 27th following reports that a solo climber had failed to meet up with friends as arranged. This phase of the search was suspended at midnight and a more comprehensive search involving the Irish Coast Guard helicopter and members of local clubs was organised for first light. At approximately 10.00am the man's remains were located in the second level by the Coast Guard helicopter, having apparently sustained a fatal fall from the Hag's Tooth Ridge area. The remains were subsequently lowered to the first level from where they were airlifted to Kerry General Hospital.


6th March 2009. Short Mountain. Alert.

The Team were contacted by Tralee Gardaí following reports of two flares being sighted in the Short Mountain area. After further investigations by Gardaí the alert was stood down.


14th March 2009. Doonsheane. Referral.

The Team were alerted following a report that a climber had been injured after being swept off her belay stance into the sea by a large wave. The call was passed on to the Dingle Coast Guard Rescue Team due to their geographic proximity to the incident and the fact that water-based personnel may also have been required.


14th March 2009. Devil's Ladder. Alert.

A passer-by contacted the Team after encountering a walker who had slipped on descending the Devil's Ladder and dislocated his shoulder. The injured person indicated that he would continue to descend with the aid of his companion however the caller was concerned that progress was very slow. The Team decided to monitor the situation closely prior to deciding whether to launch a full callout, however shortly after this the Team was notified of a further incident on Corrán Tuathail (see below). As the Team made their way into the Hag's Glen for the new incident, the injured walker was met walking out. Although he was in considerable discomfort he indicated that he was happy to continue walking out with his companion.


14th March 2009. Corrán Tuathail. Rescue.

A party of three female walkers became cragfast in a very exposed location below the Heavenly Gates track after having apparently failed to locate the track on their descent from the summit. In a difficult operation on treacherous ground and in failing light, a small KMRT party succeeded in climbing up to the walkers and roping them up to the Heavenly Gates track, where they were met by further Team members for the descent down the track to the valley floor.


4th April 2009. Corrán Tuathail. Rescue.

In a callout remarkably similar to the previous one a party of five made a navigational error on the descent from Corrán Tuathail late in the day and became cragfast below the Heavenly Gates track, close to Luigi's Gully. The party were located with the aid of camera flashes and team members then abseiled to the ledge on which the group were perched and proceeded to evacuate the climbers with the aid of jumars. The party finally reached the valley floor in approaching daylight.


7th April 2009. Kerry Way. Alert.

The Team were contacted by a party walking the Kerry Way between Glenbeigh and Caherciveen after one of the group had become separated from the rest. The missing person subsequently turned up safe and well prior to full mobilisation of the Team.


10th April 2009. Corrán Tuathail. Rescue.

Killarney Gardaí contacted the Team following a report of a female walker suffering a debilitating medical condition (severe headaches and vomiting) at Cummeenoughter lake. The Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter was requested to assist and in an impressive piece of flying succeeded in airlifting a medical and stretcher party into the second level, from where they made their way to the casualty location. Following first aid treatment the casualty was lowered by stretcher down to the second level from where the Coast Guard helicopter was able to winch her out and complete the evacuation to hospital in Tralee.


10th April 2009. Corrán Tuathail. Assistance.

Two Team members making their way up to the location of the previous callout encountered an elderly solo walker who was severely shaken and had sustained injuries following a fall from one of the rock steps below the first level. He was escorted safely to the valley floor before the team members continued on towards the second level.


12th May 2009. Killarney National Park. Alert.

The Team was contacted by Gardaí following a report that a French walker had not returned from a walk in Killarney National Park. The man was located by Gardaí prior to full mobilisation of the Team.


28th May 2009. Dinis. Referral.

Killarney Gardaí contacted the Team with a report of a party in difficulties between Tomies Wood and Dinis Cottage. When contact was made with the group it was established that they were trapped on the lakeshore in the Glena area. The call was passed to the Killarney Water Rescue group who successfully located the party and evacuated them by boat.


25th June 2009. Inisfallen. Referral.

Tralee Ambulance Control contacted the Team with a report of a man who had suffered a broken leg on Inisfallen Island. The call was passed on to Killarney Water Rescue and the Team stood by to offer assistance should it be required.


7th July 2009. The Paps. Assistance.

The Team was contacted by Kanturk Gardaí with a report that an adult and two children were disorientated in thick mist on one of the Paps and were unsure of their descent route. Contact was made with the party and it was established that they had subsequently commenced a descent after the mist had lifted slightly. Regular phone contact was maintained until the party were safely off the hill.


20th July 2009. Coomloughra. Rescue.

A party of two walkers became cragfast on steep ground at the back of Coomloughra, after they had erroneously tried to descend directly into Coomloughra from the col between Cathair and Corrán Tuathail. Team members were able to climb to their location and assist them from the mountain with the aid of ropes.


2nd August 2009. Corrán Tuathail. Rescue.

The Team were contacted after a large party were unable to find their way down from the summit in poor weather and several party members began to display signs of hypothermia. On returning to the summit the group met an experienced walker who assisted them part of the way down the mountain until they were met by Team members who escorted them the remainder of the way.


9th August 2009. Lauragh. Alert.

Gardaí contacted the team following a report of a female who had sustained an ankle fracture in the Lauragh area. As the Team was mobilising she was successfully evacuated by quad bike.


28th August 2009. Corrán Tuathail. Rescue.

Killarney Gardaí contacted the Team at approximately 22.00 following a report that a party was in difficulty on Corrán Tuathail. On contacting the group it was established that one of them was suffering from a lower leg injury and that they were unsure of their exact position, although an approximate location was established. On reaching the scene a compound fracture of the lower leg was treated and the injured person was stretchered from the mountain, before being transferred to an ambulance at approximately 4.00am. The remaining three persons were walked from the mountain.


30th August 2009. Ardgroom. Assistance.

The Team were contacted with a report that a walker had sustained multiple injuries following a serious fall near Ardgroom. Castletownbere Coast Guard Unit were also tasked to respond, and as the Team arrived on the scene Castletownbere were transferring the casualty to an ambulance. The casualty was subsequently airlifted to hospital in Limerick.


31st August 2009. Brandon. Referral.

Tralee Gardaí contacted the Team with a report of two German walkers in difficulty on steep ground on Mount Brandon. Dingle Coast Guard Unit were contacted, and in conjunction with the Shannon Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter they succeeded in evacuating the walkers.


13th September 2009. Brandon. Rescue.

A Team member walking on Brandon was called on to assist a walker who had sustained minor injuries following a brief blackout. The casualty was subsequently short-roped safely to the base of the mountain.


13th September 2009. McGillycuddy Reeks. Alert.

A report was received just before 20.00 that a Czech walker had failed to return to his car having gone climbing in the Reeks the previous day. An advance party went to investigate and shortly after arriving on scene the missing person turned up safe and well.


24th September 2009. Torc. Rescue.

The Team were contacted with a report that a couple who had strayed from the path on the North face of Torc were unable to find their way down. The couple were able to give a grid reference and several Team members made their way to the location and walked the couple off to safety.


25th September 2009. McGillycuddy Reeks. Alert.

A hotel raised the alarm shortly after midnight following a report that one of their guests was in difficulty on the Reeks. Prior to full mobilisation of the Team the man contacted Gardaí to say that he was no longer in need of assistance. It was subsequently established that the same individual has been the subject of two prior rescues, on 21st November 2008 and 5th June 2003.


30th September 2009. Bealagh Oisín. Rescue.

Gardaí contacted the Team after a young local solo walker reported that he was exhausted, unwell and unable to continue in the Coombaha area. The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter was requested to assist and arrived at the scene simultaneously with the main contingent of Team members. The precise location of the young man was unclear, however by maintaining phone contact with him it was possible to guide the helicopter to his location. He was subsequently winched to the helicopter in fading light and transferred to an ambulance at Kerry Airport.


4th October 2009. Eskduff. Rescue.

The Team were mobilised following an incident on Eskduff in which a local climber suffered a substantial fall, sustaining a serious head injury. The Shannon Coast Guard helicopter was also mobilised, and succeeded in airlifting the casualty following first aid treatment from Team members at the scene. The casualty was subsequently admitted to the intensive care unit at Kerry General Hospital.


25th October 2009. Annascaul. Assistance.

The Team were alerted by a local mountaineering club after one of their members developed a medical condition in the Annascaul area. The Team were mobilised and requested assistance from the Shannon Coast Guard helicopter. As the first Team members were approaching the scene the helicopter succeeded in airlifting the casualty to Kerry General Hospital.


28th October 2009. Corrán Tuathail. Alert.

The alarm was raised shortly after 20.00, after a solo walker who had last been seen high on the mountain at 15.30 had failed to return. An advance party was tasked with carrying out a preliminary search whilst the rest of the Team were put on standby. A full callout was subsequently launched at 21.00 however shortly after this the advance party located the man making his way out of the Hag's Glen in deteriorating weather.


10th November 2009. Corrán Tuathail. Assistance.

The Team were contacted by Gardaí after a couple reported that they had become disorientated on descent from the mountain and were in need of help. On contacting the pair by phone it was established that they were not in Cummeenoughter as they believed, but instead were in Coomloughra. They were directed towards the Hydro track and the Team stood by until it was confirmed that the pair were safely down to the public road.


23rd November 2009. Corrán Tuathail. Alert.

Gardaí contacted the Team at 17.30 following a report that two walkers, who had left to climb Corrán Tuathail at 9.00am, were overdue and could not be contacted by phone. As the Team were preparing to respond a further report was received that the pair had turned up safe and well.


23rd December 2009. Corrán Tuathail. Alert.

The Team was alerted by a concerned walker that two people he had met earlier in the day had not returned to Lisleibane. Locals confirmed that a vehicle was still in the car park at 8.00pm. From the description given the Team correctly identified the people involved and was able to establish that all was well.


25th December 2009. Clonkeen. Assistance.

Late in the evening the Team were requested by Killarney Gardaí to come to the assistance of a family who had become stranded on a treacherously icy section of the Cork road after their vehicle could move no further. A Team member successfully evacuated the family using a Team Landrover.


29th December 2009. Corrán Tuathail. Assistance.

The Team received a report from Tralee Gardaí that two people had become disorientated on their descent from the summit in near white-out conditions. Phone contact was made with the pair and from their description, aided by a brief clearance, their location was established. They were then able to make their way safely off the mountain and the Team was stood down.


 
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