South Eastern Mountain Rescue (SEMRA) were involved in 28 tasks across the counties of Tipperary, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford between last Thursday and Sunday. The requests for assistance came from An Garda Siochana, the South Eastern Major Emergency Response Tasking Group and directly from the HSE members.
The tasks included requests to assist two members of the public, 10 medical patients (which included eight dialysis patients), transport for three Gardaí and 19 medical and care staff. Alongside these two other requests were received relating to remote settings to assist two lost persons and one person with an upper body injury in a mountainous area.
The team’s two 4×4 land rovers and the team’s 4×4 Rockton Transporter were constantly on the road for the duration. It would appear that the public heeded warnings and did not venture out on the mountains in any great numbers.