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***INCIDENT***

Another incident tonight where a person climbed over the railings at Millennium Plaza with the intention of taking their life by drowning. A WMSAR volunteer spotted him and immediately contacted WaterfordAn Garda Síochána before going to the man’s aid. Rescue crews were sent to base for launch but were stood down after the prompt arrival of Gardai and the man being convinced to come back over the railings by our volunteer. The man was passed over to the care of Gardai and all volunteers stood down at 18:46 this evening.

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***4 Incidents in a Week***

Earlier this evening our rescue crews successfully rescued a person from the river bringing the total to four suicide related incidents on the river over the past week. Our boat launched to a person on Rice Bridge yesterday and provided cover while the person was talked to by An Garda Síochána. Last Saturday night, suicide prevention patrol teams assisted a person at Millennium Plaza in a distressed state. On Thursday last, volunteers joined staff members of the The Reg Waterford in helping a suicidal person until the arrival of Gardai. Thank you to An Garda Síochána from their prompt and compassionate response to each incident as well as Irish Coast Guard for coordinating. Also thank you to Rescue 117 & the Waterford Ambulance Service . We hope that they get the help they need. You are not alone. Pieta House, Preventing Suicide and Self Harm Waterford SE Samaritans