Two hillwalkers were rescued from a mountainside in Co Kerry yesterday, on Christmas Day.
Erry Mountain Rescue was alerted by Gardaí in Killarney around 5pm after two hikers reported being lost near Mangerton Mountain.
The mountain rescue team used the Search and Rescue Locator App (SARLOC) to identify the stranded hikers’ position, which was south of Stoompa’s summit.
“A search party of five team members was dispatched to the area and the victims were found safe and sound before being taken down the mountain by the team,” said a spokesman for the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team.
“Conditions on the hill at that time were very cold and windy. The operation ended around 9:30 p.m..”
Mangerton is 840 meters high and the 10km loop takes around four to five hours. The mountain is very popular as it sits on top of Devil’s Punchbowl lake and offers clear views of MacGillycuddy’s Reeks on a clear day.
In early December, Kerry Mountain Recue issued a warning to people planning to go mountain hiking in the winter. The warning came after the rescue team was tasked with several incidents.
The voluntary rescue service advises: “In view of the short winter days and the cold weather, it is more important than ever to plan ahead in order to be safe on the mountain. When winter sets in there are a few important safety considerations for those heading to the mountains.
“Make sure you start your walk or climb early enough in the day; be aware of when it gets dark and also consider rapid weather changes.
“Plan your day and your route considering a reliable mountain weather forecast. Leave a route plan with a responsible person. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the weather during the day. Always be prepared to turn back or take a shorter route. The mountains will be there for another day.
“Whatever your plans are, you’ll need a good headlamp and spare batteries in case you’re late. People sometimes prefer to carry a second light flashlight so they don’t have to change batteries in the cold or in the dark when the headlamp packs in.”
In an emergency, citizens should call 999 or 112, ask for “mountain rescue,” and “stay where you are” until the rescue team makes contact.
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