TV cameras to chart work of rescue heroes

The Kerry Mountain Rescue Team will feature on Virgin Media One

THE dedicated and daring work of the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team, whose volunteers take to the mountains in all conditions in response to distress call-outs, will be featured in a special documentary on Virgin Media One next Tuesday night.

The new series, called Rescue, looks at mountain rescue teams in Ireland and in the UK and in the next episode it will follow the Kerry team coming to the aid of stranded and injured hikers who they get into difficulty in the Gap of Dunloe and on the Kerry mountains. “Summer months are often the most busy as people make the most of the good weather but often find themselves in danger especially when inexperienced in dangerous mountain terrains,” said programme spokesperson Jennifer McDonald.

Within a few days at Easter 1966, a student from University College Dublin and a teenage member of an English school party were killed in separate incidents on Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest peak. It was as a direct result of these two tragedies that the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team was formed in July of that same year.

The team, at that stage, consisted of a group of concerned people, not expert rock climbers, but men and women who knew the mountains and were prepared to put their own lives at risk to help others in distress.

The original team members included Paddy O’Callaghan, Stan Brick, Gearóid O’Sullivan, Richard Morrison, Terence Casey, Frank Lewis and Johnny McGuire.

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