Kerry Mountain Rescue Team rescue walker stuck on Carrauntoohill

Kerry Mountain Rescue Team were tasked to rescue a walker who had become stuck on Carrauntoohill yesterday.

The man became stuck due to heavy fog after walking off his intended route.

The team was contacted by Killarney Gardaí after a  walker in his 30s became stuck on a ledge near O’Shea’s Gully on Carrauntoohill.


The man had walked off his intended route in thick fog.

A full callout was initiated and 15 team members were involved in the rescue operation.

Conditions on the mountain were initially very windy and cold with thick fog prevailing, however, the fog cleared during the rescue operation.

The casualty was located by the team within two hours of the initial call.

The KMR team members abseiled down steep ground to the man’s position.

They secured him in-situ before lowering him to a safe platform below the crag and subsequently back to the main descent track down to the Hag’s Glen.

In total, the rescue operation took almost five hours.