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Three casualties from Croagh Patrick pilgrimage

An elderly woman, a teenage boy and a man received medical attention after attempting to climb the mountain as part of the annual Reek Sunday Pilgrimage.

File photo of the annual climb of Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo
File photo of the annual climb of Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

THE AIR CORPS has reported three casualties among those taking part in the annual Reek Sunday Pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick.

An Air Corps AW139, operating in support of Mountain Rescue Ireland, medivaced three people from the mountain.

At approximately 11.00am, an 83-year-old woman was airlifted from the mountain side and brought to the Order of Malta field hospital operating at the base of the mountain. Shortly afterwards, a second call was received to medivac a teenage boy who was subsequently brought off the summit and transferred directly to Castlebar Hospital.

At around 2.00pm an Italian male was airlifted from half-way up the mountain and brought to the Order of Malta field hospital operating at the base of Croagh Patrick.

The Air Corps has two pilots and crewman in the helicopter, as well as a Mountain Rescue doctor and paramedic on board.

The helicopter is to remain in location until last light tonight.

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PHOTOS: Climbing Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday

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