April 18, 2021

Rescue drama as injured hillwalker airlifted from popular Waterford hiking trail

These were the dramatic scenes as rescue volunteers came to the aid of a walker who was injured after falling at Coumshingaun yesterday.

Members of the South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) swung into action after they recieved a report that a walker had fallen on the popular county Waterford hiking trail just after 3pm.

A spokesperson for SEMRA said: “Initial reports were that the walker had fallen and hit his head but was alert and felt able to continue walking. He had received first aid treatment from a walking group nearby and they were escorting him down to meet with the SEMRA party on the way up.

“Two members of An Garda Siochana with first aid equipment also made their way up to the casualty. A stretcher party followed shortly after. A National Ambulance Service (NAS) ambulance was waiting at Kilclooney woods in case it was needed.”

However, the victim’s condition deteriorated as he was being assessed by the team doctor.

The Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 was called and the injured man was winched into the helicopter and flown to Waterford Airport before being ferried to hospital by ambulance.

Rescuers ensured other hillwalkers remained clear of the area as the helicopter evacuation was taking place.

SEMRA confirmed all its team members were “safely off the hill at 6pm”, adding: “We wish the walker a speedy recovery.”

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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