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Sunday 21 April 2019

Gardaí use phone info to locate missing man

Bray pensioner found safe and well following search efforts

Mary Fogarty

Gardaí used the last known location of a missing Bray man's phone to pinpoint his location and ultimately find him.

The man had rang his daughter on Monday morning to tell her he was in a field, he was cold and wet and that he could see the sea. After that, his phone died and his family were unable to make further contact with him.

Jacinta Pritchard raised the alarm that her dad Paddy Hussey (83) was missing from the Boghall Road area, from at least as early as 6 a.m. on Monday, March 18.

Members of An Garda Síochána in Bray and Greystones started to search along Bray and Greystones. One of the members of the traffic unit is a volunteer member of one of the mountain rescue teams, and he organised their assistance. Both Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue and Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue assisted in the search and rescue.

Members of Greystones Coast Guard also participated in the search. There was air support from the gardai as well as mountain rescue, and a large number of people on the ground, both gardaí and members of volunteer services.

Members of the public walking the cliff walk were also looking out for Mr Hussey.

A spokesperson from Bray Garda Station said that they had been able to detect the last known location of Mr Hussey's phone, something they do only in emergency cases. The battery had run out of power after he phoned his daughter.

The gentleman was found by mountain rescue personnel at approximately 2.30 p.m. near Kindlestown Wood.

He was cold and wet but conscious. Mr Hussey was assessed and treated by mountain rescue personnel. He was airlifted to hospital from the scene, accompanied by a mountain rescue doctor.

'We would like to thank members of the coast guard, mountain rescue teams and air support units for their invaluable assistance,' said a garda spokesperson.

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