Injured walker airlifted from Galtees

An injured hill walker was airlifted from the Galtee Mountains on Sunday afternoon.

An injured hill walker was airlifted from the Galtee Mountains on Sunday afternoon.

The man fell while descending the mountains near Lough Curra and sustained a lower leg injury.

The alarm was raised and the South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association called out a full team of rescuers, who established an incidence base in the Clydagh Bridge area of the Glen of Aherlow.

Once the mountain rescuers had located the injured walker they assessed him and prepared him for transfer off the mountain side.

The Coastguard helicopter based in Waterford and a HSE ambulance crew were deployed. The helicopter recue crew winched the injured man from the mountainside with the help of the SEMRA rescuers on the ground.

The casualty was taken by helicopter to Waterford Regional Hospital for further treatment.

SEMRA spokesperson Annie Ryan advised any walkers requiring assistance on the mountains to call 999 or 112 and ask for Mountain Rescue.