An injured hiker from the Thurles area was airlifted from the Knockmealdown Mountains on Sunday by the Coastguard helicopter that contended with severe winds during the rescue.
The walker, who was aged in his mid-50s, was a member of a walking group, who fell and sustained a lower leg injury on the northern side of the Knockmealdowns near Knockshanahullion peak shortly after 1.40pm.
The walking group contacted the emergency services and 11 members of the South Eastern Mountain Rescue team responded to the call out.
The mountain rescuers set up an incident base at Baylough Car Park, located about 2kms from the injured walker.
The rescue team made their way up to the injured hiker, who was tended to by fellow walking group members until they arrived. The SEMRA team decided to call out the Coastguard helicopter based in Waterford to air lift the injured man to hospital.
“The severe winds on the day made this a challenging rescue,” said SEMRA spokesperson Annie Ryan. “SEMRA members assisted the helicopter crew and the casualty was successfully airlifted from the hill and transferred to Waterford Regional Hospital for further treatment.”
Ms Ryan advised any walkers requiring assistance on the mountains to telephone 999 or 112 and ask for mountain rescue.
She pointed out that the South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association is currently fund-raising to build a vehicle storage unit for its rescue vehicles.
She said fund-raising for the vehicle storage unit was a massive undertaking and required a large boost to SEMRA’s income.
To find out information on how to donate to the fund-raising campaign log onto the website: www.semra.ie