‘Sheer bad luck’ led to death of Kildare mountain rescuer

‘A slip at that location is entirely unforgiving. There’s nothing to hold or to hang on to’, coroner said

Kevin Hallahan (43) an IT worker from Naas, Co Kildare, died in September on the highest peak in England and Wales.

Kevin Hallahan (43) an IT worker from Naas, Co Kildare, died in September on the highest peak in England and Wales.

 

An Irish mountain rescuer slipped and fell to his death on a narrow bridge in Wales “due to sheer bad luck,” a coroner said.

Kevin Hallahan (43) an IT worker from Naas, Co Kildare, died in September on the highest peak in England and Wales.

The incident occurred on Crib Goch, a narrow ridge which has been the scene of numerous tragedies.

Mr Hallahan was walking with a group from Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones said the group were a party of experienced climbers and walkers and appeared to have been well-equipped.

Mr Jones said Mr Hallahan may have slipped because rock was wet and greasy.

“A slip at that location is entirely unforgiving. There’s nothing to hold or to hang on to. A fall from that ridge is a fall of some considerable distance,” he said.

“This highlights that there’s no such thing as a safe mountain. There’s always a risk. Unfortunately, due to sheer bad luck, Kevin Hallahan slipped and fell. Walking on Snowdon does involve a risk. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are, that risk is there. I can’t find anything this group did that I would consider to be wrong,” he said.

A conclusion of death due to an accident was recorded.

Pathologist Dr Mark Lord said it would have been an instant death after a severe head injury.