Boy (10) Killed in Fall from Mountain Ridge

Apr 15, 1996 | Archive

A 10-year-old Dublin boy was killed when he fell from a ridge overlooking a mountain lake during a holiday outing in Co. Kerry. Michael Jordan from Donabate climbed part-way up a ridge surrounding the lake but then disappeared from view. The alarm was raised a short time later and his body was found early yesterday morning by members of Kerry Mountain Rescue Team.

The Enright family, with whom Michael was holidaying in Ballyheigue, had been driving towards Conor Pass on Saturday evening when they stopped to walk up to a corrie lake a short distance from the road. Michael and one of the Enright children continued to climb towards the ridge. “One of the adults saw them and called them back down. One young lad got down safely by the same route he’d gone up but the other didn’t come back” a garda spokesman said.

“Mrs. Enright went for help while the others began searching for Michael. No-one saw him falling but he didn’t come back with his friend.” The alarm was raised at 7.15pm. Rescue Teams joined Gardaí and a helicopter in the search, while members of a Cork canoe club who had been canoeing nearby searched the lake.

Members of the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team using sniffer dogs located the boy’s body on a ledge above the lake at 1.50am yesterday. The boy’s parents travelled to Kerry yesterday. His body was removed to Tralee General Hospital, where a post mortem examination was carried out.