In Reply to: Bringing A Baby Up The Mountain posted by St Paddy on September 04, 2013 at 21:49:03:
Can't say I've seen the picture you refer to but the position of Mayo Mountain Rescue Team on such a scenario would be as follows:
We have seen children as young as 6 or 7 climbing to the summit of Croagh Patrick and back with no apparent difficulty. We would not recommend that at be undertaken with children younger than that however. Also, one of the most dangerous aspects of such an undertaken is that the child invariably gets tired and is carried on a parents back or shoulders which carries a two fold additional risk 1. The further distance to fall if the parent stumbles and 2. The danger of hypothermia to the child through inactivity.
With regard to what happens if there is an accident; invariably we are firstly called by the Gardai via the 999/112 emergency service. If the situation calls for it in terms of severity or immediate risk to life, and if weather conditions permit, we may task the Coast Guard Helicopter from Sligo to assist.
There is no charge to the public for either of these services, however Mayo MRT are a totally voluntary service provided by very dedicated volunteers on call 24/7/365 and we welcome any contributions or donations from a generous public. You can get more information from our website link below