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2011-11-25 15:50:53
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Man dies on Croagh Patrick
A man in his 60s has died following a fall on the summit of Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo.
His body was discovered by a group of climbers shortly after midday. (25-11-2011)
It is not clear when he ascended the mountain.
The Sligo-based coastguard helicopter succeeded in lowering a paramedic on the summit, but was unable to land because of extremely difficult weather conditions.
A coastguard spokesman said the man appeared to have sustained a number of leg fractures and was found close to the oratory on top of Croagh Patrick.
Members of the Mayo Mountain Rescue team are now involved in an operation to take the man's body to the base of the mountain. (Source RTE)
irishtimes.com -Updated: Friday, November 25, 2011, 16:38 Gardai believe a climber who was found dead on the summit of Croagh Patrick could have been there overnight. Gardaí are appealing for help to identify the man, whose remains were discovered by a group at about noon today. It is believed the victim, aged in his mid-60s, died on the Co Mayo site of pilgrimage after a fall. He had several fractures on both legs when examined by a paramedic lowered from the Sligo-based coastguard helicopter. Gardaí said the man could have been at the scene since Thursday. A postmortem examination will be held to determine the cause of death, which is suspected to be hypothermia or a heart attack. A coastguard spokesman said weather conditions were so blustery during the operation members of Mayo Mountain Rescue team and gardaí had to climb The Reek to recover the remains. “The helicopter was proceeding to lift gardaí to the scene but because of the weather conditions they had to abort the mission,” he said. “The weather was horrendous. The helicopter crew said it was very dangerous for them. There were severe winds.”
The Mayo News -efforts were ongoing to try and identify the man. Identification found on his person has revealed his name, and the Gardaí are hopeful that the full process of formal identification will be complete by this evening.
The man’s motor vehicle has been located in the Murrisk area, although it was not parked in the designated car park at the foot of the Holy Mountain.
The nature of the man’s injuries have not yet been formally revealed, but it is believed that he may have sustained a broken leg while nearing the summit on Thursday and been unable to descend the mountain, and that he may have perished overnight. Anyone who climbed the mountain on Thursday or Friday and may have information is asked to contact the Gardaí in Westport on 098 50320.
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