Mayo Mountain Rescue Team was called to assist a young girl who got into difficulty while descending Croagh Patrick yesterday evening.
They received the call at 6:30pm and given the warm weather immediately suspected Heat Exhaustion or possibly Heat Stroke.
The team learned that the girl had fainted and based on this they decided to request support from the Coast Guard Helicopter for evacuation by air, even though the casualties location was not very far from the bottom of the mountain.
When the first response team reached the casualty they found that she had been doused with water and cooled considerably, but was still unconscious.
The treatment for heatstroke is rapid and aggressive cooling, so the decision to douse her with water possibly saved her life.
The mountain rescue team's stretcher party arrived on scene shortly after the Coast Guard paramedic and by this time the girl had cooled to a normal temperature.
Just after 8pm they carried her by stretcher to the helicopter and she was airlifted to Mayo General Hospital.
The team was stood down at 8:30pm.