Independent TD Mattie McGrath has congratulated the volunteer members of the South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA), after they heroically recused a family of five who had become lost while walking in the Knockmealdown Mountains. Deputy McGrath was speaking after witnessing the courageous actions of SEMRA, who along with the Gardaí, Irish Coast Guard and Tramore Cliff and Mountain Rescue Team successfully coordinated the search and rescue operation:
“I 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,” concluded Deputy McGrath.