Busy Weekend For Mountain Rescue In Tipp


The South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association were called out to the Comeragh, Knockmealdown and Galtee Mountains yesterday.

The first callout was in relation to lost walkers in the Coumshingaun Loop near Kilclooney woods.

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SEMRA team members met the walkers and escorted them down off the hill to Mahon Falls carpark.

As this operation was underway, two further callouts came in, for the Knockmealdown and Galtee Mountains.

The second callout today was to an injured paraglider in the Knockmealdown Mountains.

A local SEMRA member was at the casualty site with Rescue 117 hovering overhead.

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An off duty doctor provided initial essential medical treatment to the seriously injured casualty as Coast Guard R117 personnel and a National Ambulance Service (NAS) paramedic also arrived on scene and provided further medical attention.

The casualty was packaged onto a stretcher and raised on board the R117 helicopter.

The casualty was then airlifted to hospital.

As this and the Comeragh incident were unfolding a third callout came in for the Galtees.

The third callout came in from An Garda Síochána to respond to a report of a lost walker in the Galtees.

An approximate location for the lost walker was identified and available SEMRA members made their way to Glencush carpark.

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The first SEMRA members on site, made their way up the hill and came across a member of the lost walker’s party.

This walker gave directions to where the lost walker was located.

SEMRA members located the walker and directed them towards the carpark.

The walker made their own way down off of the hill. SEMRA personnel met the walker at the carpark and checked that they were okay.