There has been a "significant and worrying" rise in the number of people who need to be rescued from high ground in Kerry this summer, Kerry Mountain Rescue has said.

The Kerry Mountain Rescue team said they have responded to 36 call outs since June, with 11 in July and 16 so far this month.

Yesterday, a man in his 40s was airlifted to hospital with a suspected broken hip after a fall.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, the public relations officer with Kerry Mountain Rescue warned that there will be serious injuries and fatalities on the mountains as more people, some of whom are ill-prepared, take to the hills.

Colm Burke said poor footwear is a big problem, as well as people bringing young children who are not dressed or able for the hills.

He said there had been a "huge increase in numbers" of people hill-walking and climbing, something he attributed to more people holidaying at home this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

There are "a huge amount of people out there who don't have the knowledge and experience to tackle the hills", he said.

Mr Burke said somebody in each group should be experienced and know the mountain, and have a first aid kit.

People should also have a fully-charged phone, a map and a compass.

"You should always carry rain gear in your bag and spare clothing, spare food and water, because you don't know what will happen out on the hill," he said. "The weather here is extremely changeable."

He said yesterday's rescue was just an unfortunate fall.