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Saturday 17 March 2018

Weather conditions hampering search for hill walker missing in Galtee Mountains

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

Laura Lynott

The search for a missing hill walker will continue in the Galtee Mountains this morning - however weather conditions are hampering search and rescue efforts.

A spokesman for Valentia Coastguard said they are waiting for the weather forecast this morning before deploying its search and rescue helicopter.

The experienced 54-year-old hill walker was talking to his wife but his phone battery went dead while walking in an area called the Black Path in Galtymore at around 4pm on Tuesday.

Valentia coastguard was unable to use the helicopter last night due to foggy weather conditions.

Mountain Rescue will continue searching on the ground this morning.

It is understood the man failed to turn up at his car, parked nearby.

The hill walker had told his wife his phone battery was running low before the call ended.

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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