Rescue 115 - the Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter was deployed at around 6am
AN elderly woman who went missing near Charleville late on Monday night is recovering in hospital after she was located safe and well following a multi-agency operation which continued throughout the night.
The alarm was raised at around 11pm after relatives of the woman contacted gardai to say they were concerned for her safety and wellbeing after she went missing.
“Once we were contacted, garda resources were deployed to that area to locate the lady. It was dark and when we weren’t finding her we brought the dog unit up from Limerick to try and locate this lady and we sought the assistance of the Coast Guard helicopter which came in from Shannon,” said Superintendent William Duane of Mallow garda station.
“The helicopter (Rescue 115) was dispatched at 6am and within half-an-hour of arriving in the search area they located this lady. She was found in a field,” he added.
While the elderly woman was cold, disorientated and in a distressed state when found, she did not sustain any physical injuries as a result of her ordeal. She was taken to hospital for a checkup as a precaution.
Supt Duane says the co-operation and quick response of the various agencies was crucial in ensuring the woman was found safe and well within hours of the alarm being raised.
“The multi-agency approach to these things and the interagency cooperation is beneficial to everybody because some agencies have better equipment than others. Some have better facilities and time is of the essence when people go missing. From a garda perspective, I want to acknowledge the assistance of the Coast Guard in that their assistance definitely helped in the location of this lady in a safe way,” he told the Limerick Leader.