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Busy times for Waterford City River Rescue crew

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 4:15 AM


Photo: Waterford City River Rescue


The volunteer lifeboat crews of Waterford City River Rescue CRBI unit have had a busy week launching to four callouts, three of which were on the same day.


Friday 6th September proved to be a busy day with the unit launching three times. The first callout occurred at 1.55hrs when Waterford City River Rescue CRBI were tasked by An Garda Siochana to assist at an incident at Rice Bridge, Waterford. The incident was successfully resolved and a male was taken from the water and Unit was stood down. 


Waterford City River Rescue CRBI launched for the second time after getting tasked by An Garda Siochana and the Irish Coast Guard to a report of a possible body sighted in the river near the Gyles Quay area. The crew launched at 20:17hrs and were directed by Gardaí to the Bilberry area where Gardaí were looking at an object on CCTV which turned out to be a piece of wood. The search then continued down river at Gyles Quay where the crew found a square bale of straw semi submerged fitting the description of a possible body. The unit was stood down at returned to base at 21.05hrs.


At 23.55 hours Waterford City River Rescue CRBI launched for the third time.The unit were tasked by An Garda Siochana and the Irish Coast Guard to assist in the search for a person believed to have entered the water at the Rice Bridge. The unit conducted a detailed search from the Rice Bridge to the Kings Channel along with the Waterford Fire Service. The person believed to have entered the water was located by Gardai and the unit were stood down at 01.25hrs and returned to base following a long and busy day for the volunteer crews.


On Tuesday 10th September Waterford City River Rescue CRBI were tasked by An Garda Siochana at 19.15hrs to assist with a search for a missing person. The lifeboat which was on a training exercise at the time was directed to assist in the search and was on scene in minutes. The missing person was located safe and well by the Gardai. At 19.36 hours the unit was stood down and the lifeboat resumed training.

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