Rescue Team Recover Body Of Lost Hiker

A mountain rescue team has recovered the body of the hiker who had gone missing on a Connemara mountain.

The 59-year-old hiker's body could not be recovered for almost 24 hours because of the inaccessibility of the location where he had fallen at the weekend.

Rescue teams managed to get access to the the body of PJ Fox from Oranmore, Galway, at around 3pm yesterday.

The remains were taken from Glenacolly Mountain, overlooking the Erriff Valley, on the Mayo/Galway border.

Mr Fox, a retired oil company employee who had worked in the Middle East, had been hiking with his brothers Larry and John at about 3pm on Sunday when he slipped and fell.

The man's brothers were unable to raise the alarm by mobile phone forcing them to take an hour-long hike to a public roadway where they raised the alarm.

Members of Mayo Mountain Rescue failed to retrieve the body on Sunday night and the search was resumed yesterday.

Although a Coast Guard helicopter pinpointed the body at about 10am, it could not be removed immediately due to the difficult terrain.

Mr Fox and his brothers were among a group that went hiking on the more than 600 metre-high summit known locally as Devil's Mother. The alarm was raised around teatime.

Members of Mayo Mountain Rescue set out yesterday at about 6pm to try to recover the body but were unable to do so.

Mr Fox, who is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter, recently retired from his employment in the Middle East and came back to his native Oranmore to live.


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