Cork climber brings death toll to four Irish climbers in a week
By Shelley Marsden
A 40 year old climber from Cork has died in Italy, in a tragic week that has seen a total of four Irish nationals lose their lives while climbing.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it is providing consular assistance to the climber’s family.
It is believed he was in the Apennines, around 60k from Rome in a popular walking and climbing area, when he fell. The Appenines are a mountain range extending 1,200 km along the length of peninsular Italy.
The man, member of a well-known Cork business family, is thought to have suffered fatal head and neck injuries in the accident. His body was transferred his body to a nearby hospital by a mountain rescue team.
Italian officials will not release his name until all relatives have been informed, but family members have already flown out to Italy to assist with bringing his body home.
One week ago, two experienced Irish climbers Colm Ennis (37) from Waterford and Peter Britton (55) from Tipperary died when they came free of their ropes on Mont Blanc, in France.
Family members have travelled to France and are liaising with the local authorities and Department of Foreign Affairs about repatriating both bodies back to Ireland.
In Ireland, another man lost his life climbing while in Connemara. Civil servant Francis McKeon, 56 , had been scaling the Twelve Bens mountain range in Muckanagh, Co Galway, on Saturday when the accident happened.