Man airlifted to hospital after fall in Comeraghs

Personnel from Rescue 117, HSE Ambulance and SEMRA working together to winch the injured man to safety. 							| Photo: Courtesy of Patrick Kelly

Personnel from Rescue 117, HSE Ambulance and SEMRA working together to winch the injured man to safety. | Photo: Courtesy of Patrick Kelly

A man in his 30s is recovering at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) following a fall close to Mahon Falls in the Comeragh Mountains early on Easter Sunday morning.

According to initial reports, the man was one of two friends who had pitched tents and camped on the mountain over the weekend. He suffered spinal and shoulder injuries when falling into a ravine; the alarm was raised by the friend he was camping with at 5.20am.

A joint rescue operation involving Gardaí, the South East Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA), HSE ambulance personnel and the Irish Coastguard’s Rescue 117 Helicopter was launched. The man was airlifted at 7.50am and airlifted to UHW.

SEMRA Spokesperson Jimmy Barry described the outcome as “a good result”.

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