The Coastguard helicopter searching the Comeragh Mountains for the missing female hiker. Picture courtesy South Eastern Mountain Rescue team
A search operation has been underway in the Comeragh Mountains since yesterday (Sunday) afternoon for a female hiker, aged in her 30s, from County Tipperary.
The walker, who is an experienced mountain runner, was last seen hiking in the popular Coumshingaun area of the Comeraghs. She was wearing a grey and pink hoody and bobble hat. The emergency services were contacted by her family about 3pm yesterday after they became concerned when she didn't return from the walk.
A Tramore Garda Station spokesman said the missing walker had been walking alone. She is aged in her late 30s and from south Tipperary.
South Eastern Mountain Rescue team PRO Chris Pires said South Eastern Mountain Rescue team members, the R117 Coastguard helicopter based at Waterford Airport and Search & Rescue Dog Association members conducted a search of the Coumshingaun area of Comeraghs throughout yesterday afternoon until nightfall. There was very low cloud cover around the mountains yesterday, which hampered the search. The search recommenced at first light today and is continuing.
Up to 30 members of the South Eastern Mountain Rescue team are involved in the search operation and they are being assisted today by mountain rescue volunteers from other parts of the country. Civil Defence volunteers are also taking part in the search.
The Tramore Garda Station spokesman said weather conditions today are dry and bright, which will assist search and rescuers in finding the walker.
SEMRA and the Gardaí are appealing to landowners and walkers in the Coumshingaun, Nire Valley, Rathgormack, Ballymacarbry and Mahon Falls areas to keep an eye out for the missing walker and to report any sightings or anything unusual they see to Tramore Garda Station at (051) 381091.
Search and rescue vehicles involved in the search operation parked at Kilclooney Wood near Coumshingaun yesterday (Sunday). Picture courtesy of SEMRA