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Rescue teams find body in search for missing hillwalker in Galway

They had been searching for a man who was missing since yesterday.

The Maamturks Mountains span Galway and mayo.
The Maamturks Mountains span Galway and mayo.
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A BODY HAS been recovered in the search for a missing hillwalker in the Maamturk mountains close to Leenane, Co. Galway.

Members of Galway and Mayo Mountain Rescue have removed the body and transferred it to An Garda Síochána.

The rescue teams had been searching for a man in his 50s who was walking alone but had not made contact with a family member since 4.30pm yesterday.

The experienced hillwalker had been walking from a location known locally as the Col of Despondency. It’s understood that he is from Dublin.

The search teams began searching the area at 11,30am this morning and this afternoon found a body along the eastern slope of the mountain.

Visibility was said to be poor in the area this morning.

It’s believed that the man had been preparing for the annual Maamturks challenge walk.

Separately, a woman who was injured in the same mountain range, further south at Mám Éan, was aso take from the mountain by Mayo Mountain Rescue and transferred to a waiting ambulance.

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