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Two people airlifted from Croagh Patrick as thousands make pilgrimage

Up to 30,000 people are estimated to be making the trek to the top.

Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Updated 7.54pm

A MAN SUFFERING from chest pains has been airlifted from Croagh Patrick as tens of thousand of pilgrims make the trek to the top for Reek Sunday.

The 56-year-old man as taken to Galway’s Cardiac Unit for treatment by Mayo Mountain Rescue.

A second casualty, a woman, was airlifted from halfway up the mountain by the Air Corps helicopter at approximately 3.45pm and taken to Mayo General Hospital. Her condition is unknown.

A spokesperson for Mayo Mountain Rescue told TheJournal that there have been several casualties on the mountain today.

They said they had  also helped a casualty who sustained a broken arm in a fall.

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Another person with chest pains was assisted by the Order of Malta, as was an individual who was intoxicated.

“Just looking at the weather now, the heavens have started to open so whether that may have bearing on future casualties, we’ll have to see,” the mountain rescue spokesperson said. “Conditions could be quite slippy.”

Originally published 11.01am

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