Couple brought to safety off Carrauntoohill

Climbers have been again reminded to ensure they have phones and other communication equipment with them following an incident involving Kerry Mountain Rescue Team over the weekend.

The team had been contacted by Killarney gardaí after an English couple got into difficulty on the north east face of Carrauntoohill.

The couple had ascended the Devil’s Ladder earlier and had decided to turn around before reaching the summit due to high winds.

On their descent they became disorientated and descended unknowingly onto Collins Rib, a steep rocky feature adjacent to the left fork of Collins Gully.

A full call out was initiated and the couple’s location was verified using a search and rescue locator app.

Team members climbed to the summit and abseiled down steep and dangerous ground to their position, securing them at the location before assisting them back to the summit using a safety rope system.

They were then walked off the mountain.

Nineteen members of the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team were involved in the rescue operation.