An experienced hill walker died on Sunday while out walking in the Comeragh Mountains.
The man, a regular Sunday hill walker,was in a group of eight walkers from the Mid Tipperary Hill Walkers group.
The deceased has been named as Michael Fewer from Thurles.He was in his sixties and fell ill while walking in the Comeragh mountains.Emergency services were alerted and responded to the call which was made shortly after midday on Sunday.His body was removed to Waterford Regional Hospital where a post mortem was carried out.
Mountain rescue and ambulance services were praised for their quick response to the call and the professional manner in which they carried out their duties.
“He was a much loved and esteemed member of our group and there is a great sense of loss at his sudden passing” said Dan Condron of the Mid Tipperary Hill Walkers.
In a statement the South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association said they responded to an incident in the Comeragh Mountains on Sunday afternoon where a hill walker had suddenly been taken ill and was being attended to by the members of his group.
"The Waterford Coastguard helicopter Rescue 117 also responded, however given the weather conditions high on the mountain, they were unable to reach the scene of the incident to directly assist or evacuate the patient. They were able to deploy the initial SEMRA party closer to the scene. Other SEMRA parties were deployed by off-road vehicles. Once on scene, SEMRA Team Doctors & Casualty Carers attended to the patient. Unfortunately, despite the care provided the patient, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
SEMRA escorted the members of the walking group off the mountain to the off road vehicles & then transported them back down to their cars. The patient's remains were then stretchered from the mountain to the off road vehicles and transported down to the roadhead where they were handed over to An Garda Siochana at approximately 10pm.
SEMRA wish to express our sincere condolences to the family & friends of the deceased walker on their sudden loss.
SEMRA also wish to thank the following agencies for their assistance with the incident An Garda Siochana, Waterford & Dungarvan,Irish Coast Guard Helicopter, Rescue 117 Waterford,National Ambulance Service and Kilbrien Hall Committee." went the statement.