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01st Jul 2024

Brother of missing Kerry hiker has ‘no idea’ what happened to him as search continues

Simon Kelly

Kerry search and rescue

“We pray for him to be found.”

The brother of a hiker missing in the Kerry mountains has said that he has ‘no idea’ what might have happened to him.

46-year-old Sebastian Jaworski was last seen near the summit of Cnoc Bhreanainn last Sunday (June 26) and a search is underway to find his whereabouts.

The alarm was raised on Monday, June 27 after the experienced mountaineer failed to turn up to his job in Co Cork.

Mr Jaworski’s brother Jarek publicly thanked more than 70 rescue volunteers and emergency services personnel involved in the search.

Brother of missing Kerry hiker has ‘no idea’ what happened to him as search continues

In a post on Kerry Mountain Rescue team’s social media, Jarek wrote: “Thank you all very much for your involvement in the search for my brother Sebastian. We pray for him to be found.”

Speaking about his brother, Jarek said: “He was peaceful towards people and the world, always ready to help.

“I have no idea what happened in the mountains this time, that he was gone, such a large team and such commitment and he still couldn’t be found.

“Once again, a huge thank you for all help and I hope he will be found soon.”

In recent days, poor weather has hampered the search. However, conditions have since improved and the search continues.

The search mission has involved a number of authorities including the RNLI, Coast Guard and the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team.

Rescue dogs, drones and lifeboats have all been used in the search for the mission man, as well as the Coast Guard helicopter, which flew an abseil team to the summit.

Mountain rescue team members from Dublin and Wicklow, the Glen of Imaal, Galway and South East Mountain Rescue have also joined the search.

The Iveragh Coast Guard Unit from south Kerry are conducting the drone search. Gardaí are present and the search is being coordinated from the search.

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