A MAJOR rescue operation took place at Hungry Hill in the early hours of this morning when four children were rescued from a ledge after getting into difficulty while out on the mountain.
Castletownbere Coast Guard received a call at 9.45 pm from the parents after they and their four children got separated on the eastern side of the mountain. It is understood three of the children got stuck on one ledge; another child got stuck on a ledge above them.
With the help of Kerry Mountain Rescue, rescuers from Castletownbere Coast Guard were able to reach the children by rope and bought them to safety.
Martin O’Sullivan, Officer in charge of Castletownbere Coast Guard said it was a slow drawn out rescue and they got all the family off the mountain at 3 am.
‘The children were all ok but extremely lucky too. We bought them down to Adrigole where they were checked by ambulance staff on standby and they were all ok following their ordeal,’ Martin told The Southern Star.
It is understood the family are from Germany and are on holidays and staying in the area.