A family of five mountain walkers were located safe and well this morning after they were reported missing while out on the Knockmealdown mountains in Co Tipperary.
The family had become lost while walking in the Knockmealdowns Mountains, and a member reported the family missing around 7.50pm yesterday evening, according to a spokesperson from the Dublin Marine Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), who assisted in the search.
The group, a party of two adults and three children under the age of twelve had been walking in the vicinity of The Vee and Bay Lough when they became disoriented due to failing light.
“The Dublin MRCC sent out a rescue helicopter shortly after the alarm was raised, but due to poor visibility and low cloud level, we were unable to do a low search,” the spokesperson told Independent.ie.
“We had the helicopter on standby, and it returned to base only when the fuel was low. It was the South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) who found the family and brought them back safely, just after 4am this morning, after searching through the night.”
The SEMRA was assisted on this occasion by Tramore Cliff and Mountain Rescue Team and Irish Coast Guard Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre and Waterford-based helicopter, Rescue 117.
“Following a large scale search and rescue operation into the night, all five were located safe and well,” SEMRA added.
“We would like to thank An Garda Siochana, Irish Coast Guard and Tramore Cliff and Mountain Rescue Team for their assistance in this successful multi-agency response,” they said.