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Elderly Tourist in Death Fall

Jul 14, 1992 | Archive

An elderly woman tourist plunged to her death on Carrauntoohil mountain late on Thursday night, and two other visitors were lucky to escape with their lives after separate incidents on the peaks of Kerry during the week. After an extensive search Kerry Mountain Rescue personnel discovered the body of the 62-year-old English woman at 10pm on Thursday night after a friend had sounded the alarm some hours earlier.

She had climbed the mountain unaccompanied and, it is understood, she fell to her death while descending. The body, which had extensive injuries, was located by the Rescue Team near the area known as the Devil’s Ladder.

The incident occurred just three days after a dramatic helicopter rescue was mounted to pluck another elderly English tourist from Mangerton mountain. The woman had become separated from her husband and son near the peak of the mountain and the Mountain Rescue Team summoned the Marine Rescue chopper from Shannon which arrived on the scene within half an hour. An alert Park Ranger spotted the woman on the mountain through binoculars and directed the helicopter to the scene through radio contact.

And on Sunday night another search was mounted after reports were received that an 18-year-old man had lost his way on Carrauntoohil. However, the man managed to find his way home despite the fact that he had wandered down the wrong side of the mountain.

In the wake of the triple rescue, acting Kerry Mountain Rescue Team co-ordinator Louis O’Toole warned the public of the dangers of mountaineering without proper preparation. “People underestimate the mountains – they have to treat them with respect” he said, warning mountaineers never to climb alone.