Incidents to Which SARDA has responded
On this page we will give you some information on some of the incidents to which SARDA dog teams have responded. Due to the sensitive nature of some callouts, please understand that we are limited in what we can include.
31st January, Connemara, Co. Galway
Gerry Tobin and search dog Dexter were called out last night to assist Galway Mountain Rescue Team in a search for a missing hillwalker in Connemara, Co. Galway. After an extensive search in very rough weather conditions, the missing man was located safe and well shortly after midnight.
15th December, Beara Peninsula, Co. Kerry
SARDA handler Pauliina Kauppila & search dog Koiru were called out again this morning to assist Castletownbere Coast Guard in a search for a missing person on Beara Peninsula. The dog team, the Coast Guard crew and Shannon-based CG helicopter all carried out searches in the Kilcatherine area. Happily, the missing young man showed up safe and well some time later
8th December, Bantry, Co. Cork
SARDA handler Pauliina Kauppila and search dog Koiru were tasked by Bantry Gardaí (via Valentia MRSC) to assist in a search for a missing male near Bantry last night. Goleen Coast Guard unit were also called out. The dog team spent some 4 hours searching through a number of areas covering hillside, bog, fields and tracks. There was no result last night, and the search was wrapped up around 2.30am. It was resumed again at first light this morning, with CG crews from Goleen, Castletownbere and Toe Head assisting. The missing person, who had evidently been moving around on foot during the night, was located by the Shannon-based CG helicopter R115 near his home around 9am this morning. He was taken to Bantry General Hospital for a check-up.
4th December Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
SARDA handler Gerry Dexter and search dog Dexter were assisting with a search for a missing person in Clonmel today. Many other resources, including Gardaí, Coast Guard, Civil Defence and Mountain Rescue were also involved. No result so far. The search will continue over the weekend.
17th October, Kanturk, Co. Cork
Gerry Tobin and search dog Dexter were tasked by Gardaí in the early hours of Friday to assist in a search for a missing elderly woman near Kanturk, Co. Cork. The dog team arrived at scene at 2am and searched through several woodland areas until 8am. The missing person was located by Gardaí shortly after first light.
20th September, Connemara, Co. Galway
Search team Gerry and Dexter were called out again today to assist Galway Mountain Rescue Team. Happily, the missing man was located safe and well just as the dog team arrived after a long drive from Co. Tipperary. Thanks for the effort put into this, Gerry & Dex.
18th September, Colligan Woods, Co. Waterford
Search team Gerry and Dexter were tasked with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association at 3:30am last night to search for a missing male in Colligan Woods near Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. The team arrived at scene at 4:10am and was initiating the search when the missing person walked out. The casualty, who was confused and mildly hypothermic, was given initial first aid before being transferred to the local hospital.
25th August, Bray, Co.Wicklow
Gardaí contacted Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue and Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team at 17:20 yesterday to arrange for a SARDA dog team to help them with a search for a missing woman on Bray Head, Co. Wicklow. Both MR teams were put on standby in case the situation escalated. SARDA handler Gerry Tobin and search dog Dexter were stood down en route to the incident after the missing lady was located at 18:15
17th August, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary
SARDA dog Dexter and handler Gerry Tobin were tasked this morning to search for a missing male in Aherlow, Co. Tipperary. Several other agencies, including South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association, Civil Defence, Coast Guard helicopter and the Gardaí were also involved. The dog team covered a number of wooded areas near the campsite from where the person had gone missing. He was found safe and well several miles outside the search area this evening.
14th July, Bansha Wood, Co. Tipperary
Search dog Dexter and handler Gerry Tobin were called out early (2am) yesterday morning to assist SEMRA (South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association) in a search for a missing male in Bansha Wood, Co. Tipperary. The dog team and the MR team searched the area for 3 hours; the man was later located in another area in the Galtees once more information became available.
14th July, Crone Wood, Co. Wicklow
SARDA dog Dexter and handler Gerry Tobin were called out today to assist Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue team in a search for a missing male in Crone Woods, Wicklow. Stood down en route as the missing person was located by the mountain rescue team.
6th June, Kippure Mountain, Co. Wicklow
On Saturday the 6th of June at approximately 19.37hrs both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Siochana to help search for a teenage girl who had become separated from her family while out walking near Kippure Mountain. The girl was sighted by Mountain Rescue personnel as they made their way to Kippure. Once she joined up with MR personnel she was transported to where her family were waiting to be reunited with her and the incident was stood down.Mountain Rescue would like to thank all agencies involved including: The Garda Air Support Unit Helicopter who assisted with the search and S.A.R.D.A (Search and Rescue Dog Association) who were placed on stand by to assist.
6th May, Cruagh Woods, Co. Dublin
SARDA handler Gerry Tobin and search dog Dexter were called out to assist Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue and Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team in a search in Dublin Mountains. The missing person was located by Dex in what was a textbook find for the dog team. Had this not happened, it is extremely unlikely that the casualty would have survived until the next day. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to publicise this remarkable find earlier but are very happy and proud to do so now. Well done Gerry and Dexter!
23rd April, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
SARDA handler Gerry Tobin and search dog Dexter were tasked last night with South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association to search for a woman missing on Keeper Hill near Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. When the dog team arrived at the location at 1.30am, the missing person had just been located safe and well so all teams were stood down. Other agencies, including Civil Defence, were also involved in the incident.
14th April, Muckalee, Co. Kilkenny
SARDA handler Gerry Tobin and search dog Dexter assisted Gardaí with a missing person search in Muckalee, Co. Kilkenny today. The dog team searched through an extensive area of shrub, woods and farmland, but no trace of the missing person has been found so far. Another SARDA handler, Mick Grant, assisted as a navigator.
16th March, Castleconnell, Limerick
Search Team Gerry and Dexter were put on standby to assist and Gardaí and Irish Coast Guard on March 17th. Team were stood down prior to deployment
14th February, Knockmealdown Mountains
SARDA handler Gerry Tobin and search dog Dexter assisted South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association with a long search in the Knockmealdown Mountains last night. The missing group of five (2 adults and 3 children) was located around 4am this morning. Well done!
27th October, Mangerton Mountain, Co. Kerry
Search team Catherine and Lily were asked to assist by Kerry Mountain Rescue Team in search for missing person on Mangerton Mountain at approx. 15:30. Dog team searched until midnight and were stood down after contact was made with missing person but due to weather conditions and visibility being down to 3-4 meters they were unable to get a physical location on the person. KMRT stayed in location of missing person for duration of night but kept in vocal contact. Person was removed from mountain at first light and when visibility improves and walked down mountain un-aided. Well done to all involved
17th October, Clogh, Co. Kilkenny
SARDA dog Dexter and handler Gerry Tobin were called out with SEMRA last night to assist in a search for a missing 75-year old man in Clogh, Co. Kilkenny. The dog team searched through several fields and forested areas until 1 o’clock last night and resumed searching again at 6.30 AM this morning. The man was located just before 11 AM today and taken to hospital after being out in the elements for a long time. Well done to Gerry and Dexter who put in a lot of hours in very rough weather conditions!
16th October, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Pauliina and search dog Koiru were called out for the 2nd time this week after a man was reported missing in Castletownbere today. The dog team assisted Castletownbere Coast Guard team with the shoreline search. All search parties were stood down when it emerged that the man had in fact left Castletownbere and had been seen in Kenmare this morning.
14th October, Bantry, Co. Cork
SARDA dog Koiru and handler Pauliina Kauppila got called out with Castletownbere Coast Guard team last night after an elderly man was reported missing near Bantry. The dog team was stood down en route when the man was located on a hilly area near Sheskin and assisted by Toe Head CG unit.
11th September, Co. Down
Search dog Dexter and handler Gerry Tobin were requested by Sarda NI & PSNI to assist with a search for a missing person in Co. Down today. The dog team was stood down en route after the missing person was located by the police.
10th August, Galtees, Co. Tipperary
Gerry and Dexter requested to assist SEMRA. Team called to Galtees to look for lost fell runners, two, dex and I were top of black road in mountains about to begin search when stood down. Two found on other side of mountain by race support crew.
25th June, Dunbeacon. Co. Cork
Search dog Koiru and handler Pauliina were out again yesterday to assist Goleen Coast Guard unit in a search for a missing 72-year-old near Durrus, West Cork. The dog team carried out several searches in fields, wooded areas, sea shore and along roads — nothing to report. All teams were stood down
21st June, Castletownbere. Co. Cork
Pauliina and Koiru were requested to assist Castletownbere Coast Guard in the search for a missing male around Dunboy Castle. Search was stood down after find by Koiru.
20th May, Sally Gap, Wicklow
Glen of Imaal contacted dog teams Gerry and Dexter and Jarlath and Hugo on Tuesday night(20/05/14) to say that Dublin Wicklow/Glen of Imaal had located the car of a missing person in a forested area near the Sally Gap in Wicklow. The car was deeply stuck in mud and down a short ride in the woodland in a downhill facing direction. A hasty search around the vehicle had been completed in darkness by the combined teams and the GARDA dogs and they were requesting SARDA to supply a dog or dogs for the following morning at 7.30 am.
This person was elderly(75)and had been reported missing since the previous Sunday. Dex and Gerry attended at 7.30 followed by Jarlath and Hugo the following morning and were tasked to search an area of woodland adjoining the roadway running along the forest within the zone of high probability of location but away from the vehicle. We completed this task by 11.00 am with nothing found or out of the ordinary to report and returned to base to be retasked into an area above that roadway still within the same zone and also away from the vehicle. This task was completed by 1.30 pm with again nothing out of the ordinary found. Conditions were very difficult with dense woodland and high temperatures and strong sunshine making the dog`s task much harder.
Members of both mountain rescue teams were undertaking the searches (in dense woodland)in the vicinity of the missing person`s vehicle. Both teams returned home in the afternoon with a tired but still enthusiastic dogs and agreed to be available for further tasking the following day should it be required. Search was stood down later in day
25th April, Galway City, Galway
Jarlath and Hugo we tasked by local Gardai Siochana, in Galway city, to assit in search for missing male who suffers from Alzheimers. Team were stood down after male was found safe and well.
17th April, Mt. Brandon, Kerry
Catherine and Lilly were requested to assist in Search on Mt. Brandon for an elderly male my Kerry Mountain Rescue Team. While team were en route they received a call to stand down as gentleman had been found safe and well.
6th February, Clonlara, Limerick
Gerry and Dexter were tasked by An Gardai Siochana to assis again to assit Limerick Land Search along a stretch of river near Clonlara for a missing male. After a long day out Gerry and Dexter were stood down.
26th February, Limerick
Gerry and Dexter were put on standby to assist Limerick Land Search in seacr for missing. On the Saturday prior to Gerry and Dexter heading out they were stood down.
15th February, Sheeps Head, Co. Cork
Pauliina and Koiru were tasked to assit the local Coast Guard unit in the search for a missing male. This was an on going search over many days. Other teams involved included Goleen and Toe Head CG units as well as Civil Defence teams, Gardaí, navy ship LÉ Eithne and the CG helicopter.
8th December, Furbo, Co. Galway
At 12:20 am Search team Jarlath and Hugo received a call from Gardai in Salthill for a missing female in Furbo area. Coastguard and GMRT were also in attendance. At approx 04:40 the individual turned up and search was stood down. Well done to all involved
2nd December, Glengarriff, Co. Kerry
At 23:00 on Monday 2nd December, search team Pauliina and Koiru were requested by Castletownbere Coast Guard to assist in the search for a 90 year old male in the Glengarriff area. At approx 01:30 Tuesday morning the search was stood down. The male was found cold but in good health. Well done to all involved.
31st Oct-2nd Nov, Mweelrea, Co. Mayo
On Thursday 31st of October SARDA were requested to assist in the search of a missing hill walker by Mayo MRT. Before first light on Friday Dog Team Gerry and Dexter left home a 3am to arrive at search area. After a long hard day on the hill they returned home safely. On Saturday Dog team Jarlath and Hugo took over searching. By mid afternoon all teams were stood down. Dog team Catherine and Lilly and Dog Team Pauliina and Koiru were on standby to continue search if required.
19th October, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
There was a search for a missing person in Dalkey on Sat night. Assistance was requested for Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team, Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and SARDA from An Gardaí Siochana. Two of our dog teams attending the training weekend (Catherine & Lily; Gerry & Dexter) were also due to join the search at first light on Sunday. Search was stood down during night.
23th September, Moycullen, Co. Galway
SARDA Search Dog team, Jarlath and Hugo, assisted with search for missing elderly male in Moycullen, Galway today.
20th September, Cahir, Co. Tipperary
Search dog Dexter and handler Gerry (+ navigator Mick) assisted SEMRA yesterday in a search for a missing person in Co. Tipperary. Teams were searching from 4PM until 9.30PM last night and the search was to resume today. However, this morning the team received the news that the missing individual had been located and was with their family in Waterford
6th September, Dinish Island, Co. Cork
Search dog Koiru and handler Pauliina assisted Castletownbere Coast Guard last night after a man was reported missing at Dinish Island. Castletownbere Lifeboat and the Coast Guard helicopter also took part in the search. All teams were stood down after it emerged that the report of a missing person was false.
22nd July, Travara, Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork
Search dog Koiru and handler Pauliina assisted Castletownbere Coast Guard team in a search for a missing young man. The dog team carried out shoreline searches while an extensive water search was also underway. Castletownbere Lifeboat, Derrynane Inshore Rescue boat and Shannon-based CG rescue helicopter R115 all took part in the search. Sadly, the casualty was found drowned some distance from the shore.
7th July, Comeragh Mountains, Co. Waterford
At approx.. 19:43 We received a call from SEMRA requesting assistance in locating a lost walker in the area surrounding Kilclooney Woods/Coumsinaughn in the Comeragh Mountains. The search was for a 24 yr. old out with friends. They left him behind at top of Coumsinaughn and continued down to the car. They waited for him but no sign. SEMRA were called by An Garda Siochana and SEMRA subsequently called SARDA. The search was up northern side of Coumsinaughn by Gerry Tobin(Handler) and Dexter (dog) with Mick Grant as navigator for 1.30 hrs. Search was stood down when male was found other side of mountain entirely. The male in question went opposite direction to friends and turned up at Nire valley 8 hrs. after last sighting. Weather: Low wind and Very Hot.
23rd May, Hungry Hill Beara, Co. Kerry
Pauliina and Koiru were requested to assist Coast Guard Team on Hungry Hill, several reports of distress flares seen in the area at 20:00 hrs. Team were stood down at 22:00 hrs. Nothing found.
27th April, Molls Gap, Co. Kerry
Catherine and SAR dog Lily assisted Kerry Mountain Rescue Team yesterday with a search for a missing person near Moll’s Gap. Pauliina and Koiru were also preparing to travel over. The missing male was located soon after the search teams went out. Sadly, he was deceased. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family.
28th February, Lugnaquilla, Co. Wicklow
Mick and SAR dog Bono were requested to Wicklow at 2.30 AM for a search.The request came from Army night manoeuvres after they heard cries for help and saw a flare launched on south side of Lugnaquilla. The dog team searched two areas; nothing was found.
Dog team: Mick Grant & Bono.
24th & 27th October, Kilteel, Co. Kildare
SARDA dog teams were requested to assist trying to locate a missing 18-year old male from Kilteel. On Wed 24th, four dog teams searched several areas including woods, riverbanks and fields. Gardaí, Mountain Rescue personnel, Civil Defence and many local volunteers also took part in the search. A second big effort took place on Sat 27th; Mick and Bono assisted with the search on that day also. The missing teenager’s body was finally located in Rathcoole by walkers on 30th of October.
Dog teams: Mick Grant & Bono; Catherine Kelly & Lily; Pauliina Kauppila & Koiru; Jarlath Folan & Hugo
14th October, Dunmanway, Co. Cork
Catherine (with Lily) and Pauliina (with Koiru) responded to a call-out in Dunmanway after a male had been reported missing. They were stood down en route when the man was located safe and well.
Dog teams: Catherine Kelly & Lily; Pauliina Kauppila & Koiru
12th October, Blackhead, Co. Galway
Jarlath and Hugo responded to a call-out with the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard. They were stood down en route when the missing person was located safe and well near Blackhead Mt.
Dog team: Jarlath Folan & Hugo
29th September, Knockmealdown Mountains, Co. Tipperary
Search dogs Lily and Bono with handlers Catherine and Mick were called out with SEMRA (South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association) at 8pm to search for a hill-walker lost in the Knockmealdown Mountains. He was found by a member of SEMRA around 2am in the morning.
Dog teams: Mick Grant & Bono; Catherine Kelly & Lily.
13th August, Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork
Pauliina and SAR dog Koiru (with Castletownbere Coast Guard) took part in a shoreline search for a missing sailor near Allihies. The man had been on a sailing dinghy with his teenage son when their boat overturned. The son managed to swim ashore and raise alarm. After a major search involving CTB CG boat & shore teams, CTB Lifeboat, Derrynane Inshore Rescue and Shannon-based R115 rescue helicopter, the man’s body was located by the helicopter.
Dog team: Pauliina Kauppila & Koiru
9th August, Wicklow
SARDA Ireland were called to assist Dublin/Wicklow and Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Teams in Wicklow to search for a missing hill-walker. Two dog teams were stood down en route when he was located. Two other dog teams had been on standby to respond if needed in the morning.
4th August, Mourne Mountains
(standby)Search dog Bono & handler Mick were put on standby for a search in the Mourne Mountains by SARDA Ireland North. The dog team was stood down when the missing person was located.
27th May, Dublin Mountains
Search dog Bono & Mick and Brendan along with Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were called out to search for a missing male in the Hell Fire Club area of the Dublin Mountains on Sunday.
Dog Team: Mick Grant & Bono
24th-25th & 27th May, Galway
Search dog Hugo & Jarlath were tasked by the Gardai to search in Dangan, Co. Galway for a missing male on Thursday and Friday. They were joined by search dog Sheba & Dave on Sunday’s search.
Dog Teams: Jarlath Folan & Hugo; Dave Geoghegan & Sheba
14th-15th April, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Mick (with Bono) and Jarlath (with Hugo) were assisting in the search for a missing woman in Tullamore yesterday and today. The dog teams carried out a number of searches by the canal and surrounding areas. The body of the victim was found in the canal early on Monday morning.
Dog Teams: Mick Grant & Bono; Jarlath Folan & Hugo
12th February, The Galtees
Search dog Bono and Mick with SEMRA were called out to the Galty Mountains after a family group became lost in conditions of poor visibility. The dog team was stood down at the RV point after another walking group came across them.
Dog Team: Mick Grant & Bono
23rd January, Union Hall, Co. Cork
Pauliina and Koiru (as part of Castletownbere Coast Guard unit) took part in the large-scale search for the two fishermen who were still missing after the trawler Tit Bonhomme sank at the mouth of Glandore Harbour on January 15th. The dog team worked for 4.5 hours, carrying out a detailed shoreline search.
Dog Team: Pauliina Kauppila & Koiru