Family lost in woods found through phone GPS tracking

rescue115Andrew Carey

GPS tracking from a mobile phone used to call emergency services saved the day for a family of five trapped in Cratloe Woods on Monday night.

The alarm was raised when the family were unable to make their way out of the woods having slipped off the trail.

Trapped, a call was placed to Valentia Coast Guard radio around 9pm and they in turn deployed rescue teams to the search site at the county Clare woods.

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Rescue 115, the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter assisted in the search and the location of the family.

Shortly before midnight, the family, including the three young children were found and assessed at the scene by medical staff.