Four teenage hik­ers res­cued from moun­tain

Bray People - - DOWN THE YEARS -

COUNTY Wick­low res­cuers were the he­roes of the bank hol­i­day weekend af­ter a mas­sive moun­tain search for a miss­ing hik­ing party ended with all four teenaged mem­bers be­ing re­turned safely to their fam­i­lies.

Mem­bers of the Glen of Imaal Red Cross res­cue squad joined with the Dublin-Wick­low Moun­tain Res­cue Team joined with the Dublin-Wick­low Moun­tain Res­cue Team in the early hours of Tues­day morn­ing af­ter ini­tial searches of the area where the teenagers were thought to have gone failed to re­veal any traces of them.

The four friends, two girls and two boys aged be­tween 14 and 16 and all from Tal­laght, were re­port- ed miss­ing at teatime on Mon­day af­ter they failed to re­turn from a short camp­ing trip to the moun­tainy Stone's Cross area along the bor­der be­tween coun­ties Wick­low and Dublin.

Fears grew for the young people as snow fell to a depth of up to eight inches in places and tem­per­a­tures dropped to be­low freez­ing and tracker dogs were brought in to help with the search.

Joe Moore of the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Moun­tain Res­cue was among res­cuers who worked through the night amidst fresh falls of snow which con­tin­ued un­til shortly be­fore 5am. At one point he recorded a tem­per­a­ture of mi­nus four de­grees.

The teenagers were even­tu­ally spotted at mid­day just four or five miles from Tal­laght and were flown by Air Corps he­li­copter to Bal­don­nel Air Base be­fore be­ing re­united with their par­ents.

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