A coroner has urged hikers not to climb Ireland’s mountains alone after hearing how a teacher, 35, fell to his death on Mweelrea, Connacht’s highest mountain, after his parents texted him encouraging him to do so , to be careful.
Climbing alone is far too great a risk,” Mayo Coroner Pat O’Connor said today at Swinford Courthouse during the inquest into the death of Kieran Halliwell of Lime Avenue, Urmston, Manchester.
Mr Halliwell was holidaying in the Renvyle area of Co Galway with his parents Robert and Mary in August last year when he decided to climb Mweelrea, which lies on the Galway-Mayo border.
Mary Halliwell, who did not participate in today’s inquest, said in a statement read at today’s hearing to Gardaí that she and her husband received a WhatsApp message from Kieran on August 16, 2021, saying he made it to the top.
“We texted him back that it looked foggy behind him and that we should be careful,” Ms Halliwell outlined in her statement.
“We didn’t hear from Kieran after that.”
Daniel Sammon of Tully, Connemara, the last person to see Kieran alive, said when Kieran told him he was going to climb the mountain the next day, he advised him not to because he “thought it was quite dangerous”.
Mr. Sammon said the next morning, before making the climb, he remarked to Kieran about the heavy cloud covering the mountain’s peak and wished him luck, but warned him to be “very careful of the dangers they presented.” “.
“He was in good shape when he left and I never saw him again.”
The deceased’s father, Bob, told the inquest his son climbed Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain, in adverse conditions the previous year and intended to scale Ben Nevis in Scotland later in the year.
dr Tamas Nemeth, consultant pathologist who performed a post-mortem, indicated multiple lung punctures.
He said the deceased appeared to have fallen off a sheer cliff near the summit.
The medical cause of death, explained Dr. Nemeth, had a pulmonary hemorrhage due to (or resulting from) a pulmonary crush and puncture due to (or resulting from) a traumatic chest injury.
After delivering a verdict on the accidental death, the coroner said if there was one lesson to be learned from death, it was that people should be careful when climbing mountains, especially alone.
“Climbing alone is far too great a risk,” warned Mr. O’Connor.
The coroner also advised climbers to carry a compass, check the weather beforehand and wear good clothing.
He also advised that climbers should have prior mountaineering training.
Sergeant Anthony Coyle expressed his condolences on behalf of An Garda Síochána, along with the family coroner and other loved ones of the deceased.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/we-texted-him-telling-him-it-was-misty-and-to-be-careful-parents-of-teacher-35-who-fell-to-his-death-on-mweelrea-41471430.html ‘We texted him telling him it was foggy and to be careful’ – Parents of teacher, 35, who fell to his death on Mweelrea