A family of five were rescued from the Knockmealdown Mountains on Saturday after t hey became disorientated due to failing light.
South Eastern Mountain Rescue came to the aid of the family - two adults and three children under the age of twelve - and they were taken off the mountain at 4am on Sunday.
Local TD Mattie McGrath was on hand at the rescue and paid tribute to the work of the rescue team for their courage and efficiency.
Mountain Rescue spokesman Jimmy Barry said the alert was raised at 8pm on Saturday by the Garda Siochana Communications Centre in Harcourt Street, Dublin.
The group had been walking in the vicinity of The Vee and Bay Lough when they became disoriented due to failing light.
South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association was placed on Full Team Callout status in response to the incident and was assisted by Tramore Cliff and Mountain Rescue Team, Search and Rescue Dog Association (Ireland) and Irish Coast Guard Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre and Waterford-based helicopter, Rescue 117.
The group was found safely at 4am and Mr Barry thanked everyone involved in the successful operation - including their “significant others” who allowed their Valentine’s Day plans to be scuppered.
Deputy McGrath said he was present in the Vee Valley to witness the courage and dedication of all those involved in the search for the family.
“Although the weather was very inhospitable, the volunteers mounted an excellent operation that thankfully ended well in the early hours of the morning. Seeing first-hand how they professionally coordinate their efforts cannot but fill you with a deep sense of admiration for all those involved.
“Such incidents remind us all that while the mountains are a great source of beauty and a brilliant natural resource, they can also be places of real danger if appropriate measures are not taken to prevent loss of direction or threats from changeable weather,”
Mattie McGrath TD
Tipperary South/West Waterford
2 Joyce’s Lane
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