A group of five people who became stranded at Howling Ridge on the northeast face of Carrauntoohil, Co Kerry, have been successfully been brought down the mountain this afternoon.

Kerry Mountain Rescue Team volunteer Gerry Christie said the group of three women and two men seemingly went off route last night, before calling for help at around 11pm.

However, given the conditions and the area they were in, it was not possible to proceed until this morning.

The Coast Guard Rescue 115 helicopter aided in the rescue, transporting seven members of the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team up to help the group.

The group were then walked down the Devil's Ladder path. Mr Christie said everybody was well and there were no injuries to report.

He said the Howling Ridge path is very, very steep, and should only ever be taken on by experienced climbers.

"Everybody was well at the end of it. Effectively what it adds up to is that they likely left for Carrauntoohil at around 2pm yesterday, and made it back by 2pm today," he said.

Mr Christie was part of a team at the weekend to rescue a man who fell around 45 metres from the Cummeenpeasta ridge (Black Valley side) in the MacGillycuddy's Reeks.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, he said that the area is like a "broken staircase of cliffs and slippy ground", and that the helicopter could not winch the man out because it was too windy.

This meant the man, who had sustained serious injuries including three broken vertebrae, had to be stretchered off the mountain.

The man is now at University Hospital Kerry in a stable condition.

Mr Christie said there are industrial levels of activity on Carrauntoohil, but the number of injuries does not mirror this activity because there are many guided parties.

He said that climbing the mountain has become a social media activity in the modern age.

"You put up the photograph on Instagram with the iconic cross and you come back down again.

"Many of those people, I'm not saying it's right or wrong, many of those people get away with that - the vast majority of them do.

"But last Saturday on the top of the Devil's Ladder I mean there were traffic jams with people coming up and down," he said.