In Search of the Missing paints a vivid picture of the people and dogs behind search and rescue operations, the painstaking demands of training and qualification, and the highs and lows of a job where minutes can be the difference between saving someone's life or finding only their body.
Renowned as one of the most skilled search dog handlers on both land and sea, Mick McCarthy has over twenty years experience of searching for missing persons. He has experienced first-hand the dangers, thrills, tragedies and triumphs of search and rescue operations carried out on flood-swollen rivers and wild seas, in woodland and bogland, and on treacherous mountain peaks, often in the dead of night in hazardous conditions.
Originally from Knockraha in east Cork, Mick is the founder of the Cork Area Search and Rescue Dog Association and is a founding member of both the Search and Rescue Dog Association of Ireland and the British Overseas Disaster Unit.
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Table of Contents
One Boy and His Dogs 24
Between the Gigs and the Reels 37
Stepping Stones 48
A Mountain to Climb 61
Castleisland Call-out 97
Dog Talk 105
The Ministers and the Muzzles 114
The German Boy Scout 121
Nightmare at Wellington Terrace 129
Hungry Hill 134
Frolics on Caroline Street and Beyond 140
Back to Basics 156
Bothered and Bewildered 166
Sadness Along the Slaney 175
Ninety-one and Missing 182
Understanding Lucy 188
The Missing Schoolboy 196
Drownings at Owenahincha 206
Coole Mountain Tragedy 212
Bandon River Call-out 218
Puppy Love 221
Dog Tales and Sheep 235
Reminiscence and Recollection 242
River Lee Search 248
The Passing 257
Shadows of a Searcher 262
Appendix: Bloodhounds and Bloodlines 269
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I found this book, I had high hopes for it. It was a topic that I found very interesting and even something that I have been thinking about possibly doing in the future, so I started this book with an open mind. What I read was nothing like what I expected. This book starts off with a very slow beginning, talking about why the author decided to join search and rescue and some other history. The problem is, the slow beginning doesn’t stop. It continues to bore you until you either decide skip forward a few chapters, or just quit the book altogether (after skipping ahead a bit I returned to the part that I missed and read it). This book consists mostly of short stories about the author and other various people, how the traveled around the world (but mostly in Europe) and how they used the dogs to search for various people. Even though I am a very avid outdoors man and a dog lover, I found this book to be quite boring. The writing was a bit iffy and at times the author seemed to just ramble on. Sure some people may find this book interesting with its short stories about their dogs, but I believe that there are much better books on this topic that are much better written and that people would enjoy much more. There were a few good parts, but overall, no, I wouldn’t recommend this book to a friend.
I'm determined to get through this book, Did you have an editor? Because all of chapter 2 "Between the Gigs and the Reels" wasn't necessary-why do we all need to be subjected to a chapter of your work history? Get to the dogs, the calls, the work you put behind it. I would not recommend this book. You had a great idea, but it got lost in the details.