Saturday 21 April 2018

Hill walker found 'safe and well' in Galtee Mountains

A view towards the Galtee Mountains (stock image)
A view towards the Galtee Mountains (stock image)

Amy Molloy and Laura Lynott

A hill walker who was reported missing in the Galtee Mountains has been located safe and well by the South Eastern Mountain Rescue team.

The 54-year-old man failed to return to his car on Tuesday and a search and rescue effort was launched.

His phone battery went dead while talking to his wife at around 4pm and the Valentia Coastguard was called to assist after he didn't make it back to his vehicle.

A coastguard spokesman said: "He hunkered down for the night and was found at around 10.25am this morning. We were unable to use the helicopter due to poor weather conditions.

"He required no medical assistance and is safe and well."

The Galtees are Ireland’s highest inland mountain range with the main Galtymore peak at 919m and over 3000ft.

In June, two men suffering from severe cramping had to be airlifted from the Galtee Mountains in Tipperary.

Pat Kinane, from Galtee Hill Walking Club said: "It can be dangerous in the dark. A walk can take maybe four or five hours to reach the Galtymore peak which is over 900 metres. 

"It’s easy to get lost up there and the fog can come in thick. I hope this man is found soon."

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