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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Irish woman killed during charity trip to Africa

The cause of the accident was not disclosed.
The cause of the accident was not disclosed.

An Irish woman has been killed on a mountain climbing fund-raising trip in Africa.

The woman, aged in her 30s, travelled with a group from Ireland to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. She had been active in raising money for charity as part of the expedition to Africa.

It is believed she was involved in an accident and died from her injuries around 8.15am yesterday, local time.

A statement on travel agent Earth's Edge's Facebook page said: "A client of ours has passed away on the 14th July 2017 at 8.15am local time while on Kilimanjaro. Our thoughts and condolences are with her family."

Tragedy

She is understood to have worked for a company based in Cork. Her name was not released yesterday and her family members were informed of the tragedy yesterday afternoon.

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman confirmed officials were liaising with the victim's family.

The cause of the accident was not disclosed.

Another Irish fund-raising expedition to Kilimanjaro was marred by tragedy in 2013, when mountain climber r Ian McKeever died after being struck by lightning.

The 42-year-old was struck a day after reports of bad weather hampered the climb by a large group, including his fiancee Anna O'Loughlin and more than 20 others from Ireland.

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