Peaks Club members in Comeragh rescue terrible bes

Members of the emergency services tend to the paraglider that crashed on the Comeragh mountans on Saturday last.
Two members of Peaks Mountaineering Club came to the rescue of a paraglider that crashed in the Comeragh Mountains on Saturday.

Two members of Peaks Mountaineering Club came to the rescue of a paraglider that crashed in the Comeragh Mountains on Saturday.

Peaks members Gerard Sheehy and Pat Beardmore were out walking on Saturday when a paraglider flying above them over the Seefin summit came crashing to the ground.

The paraglider was in a group of five foreigners.

Gerard,from Ballyporeen and now living in Grange, said they rang the emergency services just before 1.30pm on Saturday.

“They came very quickly and attended to the man and just over an hour later the casualty was on a coast guard rescue helicopter and was flown to Waterford regional hospital.The man sustained a broken leg in the fall” said Gerard.

Gerard was out walking with Pat in preparation for the “Fei” challenge which takes place on August 21st,22nd and 23rd in the Comeraghs,Galtees and Knockmealdown mountains.

Up to sixty walkers have registered for the challenge which Gerard held last year for the first time in memory of his daughter Fei who died at eight years of age.

“I was a person who never did exercise but I had to do something after Fei died and I took up hill walking and felt it would be a nice idea to do this challenge in her name” said Ger.

This year walkers taking up the ‘Fei’ challenge will raise funds for five charities - the Saoirse Foundation,Jack & Jill Foundation,Cappagh Hospital, the Carers Association and Alzheimers Society of Ireland.