The South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association had a very busy start to 2011 with a call out on January 1, at around 2pm, when they were alerted to a missing walker on Galtymore in Co Tipperary.
The walker had become separated from a walking group in thick fog at the top of the mountain and SEMRA began a search of the area and the walker was located soon after.
As this incident was ending reports came in to the team about a man shouting for help from steep ground at the back of Lough Curra, also in the Galtee mountains. The team quickly deployed search parties to the area and the man was located safe and well.
As the team stood down they were again alerted to an incident in the Comeragh Mountains in Co. Waterford where a woman had fallen and sustained a lower leg injury. The team asked for the coast guard helicopter in Waterford to assist but due to fog and low cloud the helicopter was unable to approach the casualty site.
Volunteers from SEMRA along with HSE paramedics reached the woman, treated her and then carried her to a waiting ambulance. She was taken to Waterford regional hospital with a suspected broken leg. In the first two days of January the SEMRA team were called out four times and helped thirteen people including six children.
SEMRA would like to thank the HAE, Coast Guard, Gardai, two members of the Comeragh mountaineering club that assisted the incident in the mountains and the family that reported the shouts for help. Also thanks to all its volunteers for their quick response to the incidents.