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Couple in their 50s rescued from rhododendron forest in Tipperary

The experienced hill walkers became stranded in a treacherous area of steep ground.

The area at the Knockmealdown Mountains
The area at the Knockmealdown Mountains

A COUPLE IN their 50s have been rescued in a five-hour operation after becoming stranded in a treacherous area of steep ground in Tipperary.

The two experienced hill walkers got stuck in what rescuers described as a very dense rhododendron forest.

The two had been walking in the Knockmealdown Mountains overlooking Bay Lough when they got into trouble.

Mountain rescue workers were able to spot the couple and guided rescuers in by radio to the location.

The groups involved in the rescue made the decision to bring the two to safety by taking a boat across Bay Lough rather than take the risky trek up the slopes of a nearby mountain.

South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association, which led the operation, praised the work of all the groups involved in the rescue.

Rhododendrons can form very dense thickets which prevent access by the sheer size of the plant.

10414926_806548672689349_8442587178207947142_n Source: South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association

10455324_806549292689287_4546369865738219081_n The couple being brought to safety Source: South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association

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