Body recovered after tourist falls over 300ft from Ireland's highest mountain
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Body recovered after tourist falls over 300ft from Ireland's highest mountain

THE body of a man has been recovered from Ireland's highest mountain in Co. Kerry.

It's understood the deceased was a Canadian tourist who fell more than 100 metres (328ft) on Carrauntoohil.

The man's wife, who walking with him on the mountain at the time, raised the alarm at around 3pm yesterday.

She was walked off the mountain by members of Kerry Mountain Rescue (KMR).

KMR launched a recovery operation with the assistance of Valentia Coastguard in the Hag’s Glen/Brother O’Shea’s Gully area of the mountain.

The man's body was discovered at around 9pm last night by search teams despite conditions at the time being poor, with fog and low cloud hampering visibility.

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The body was later recovered at around 1am this morning and taken to University Hospital Kerry.

A post-mortem examination will take place later.

The deceased is understood to have been aged in his late 20s or early 30s.

It is understood that he and his wife lived abroad in Canada and had been holidaying in Kerry at the time of the tragedy.