At approximately 19:00hrs on Sunday, May 8th, both the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána to assist in a search of the Blessington Lakes. The search, for a man in his 30s who had been swimming, was initially water-based. Mountain Rescue personnel joined the operation to search the lake’s shoreline and nearby woodland. The search was stood down for the night 22:30hrs.
Search operations resumed the following morning, May 9th, with land and water-based searches conducted throughout the day. Shortly after 17:00hrs the land-based search operations were stood down. During the operation’s third day-Tuesday, May 10th-divers from the Garda Water Unit recovered the man’s remains. The Glen of Imaal red Cross Mountain Rescue Team would like to extend our condolences to the man’s family and friends.