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RIP Captain Dara Fitzpatrick

Today we joined with numerous SAR groups and Irish Coast Guard units from around the country at the funeral of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick in Glencullen. Described by her colleagues at Rescue 117 as “Daughter, Sister, Mum, Friend and Hero”. On this sad day we think of those crew members still missing, Paul, Mark and Ciaràn and we hope that they will soon be returned to their loved ones. Go Mairidis Beo.

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***Man enters the river suir ***

At 9:50 p.m last night customers from the Waterford Marina Hotel saw a man climb over the wall and entering the River Suir. They rang 999 and alerted the hotel’s staff. Our volunteers immediately launched the rescue boat and recovered the man at the Waterford Boat Club marina. The casualty was partially clothed and had sustained minor injuries. Crews administered first aid until the arrival of the emergency services who then took the man to safety. Also in attendance were An Garda Síochána Waterford Ambulance Service

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**Call Out – 07/08/16 At 05:50 am**

***Call Out – 07/08/16 At 05:50 am*** Waterford Gardaí intervene with a male attempting to enter the River Suir to end his life by suicide by drowning. Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, launched our rescue boat to assist Waterford Gardaí with an incident on Rice Bridge in the early hours of this morning. Crews were on scene with in minutes as members from Waterford Garda Station spoke to the male who was over the railings on Rice Bridge with the intention of entering the water. Waterford Gardaí safely talked the male back over the railings to safety. Our rescue boat and land team returned to base and were stood down. Also on scene were Waterford City Fire Service , WCRR, An Garda Síochána, Waterford Ambulance Service and coordinated by Irish Coast Guard. Great result for all involved and lets hope the male will get the help he needs. http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/gardai-want-training-for-mental-illness-cases-413839.html

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HikeCycle 2016

This Saturday July 23rd is HikeCycle 2016. In Aid of Waterford Marine Search and Rescue and Carrick Search and Rescue. Hike only, Cycle only or do both 🙂 To make sure that HikeCycle 2016 is a safe event, we have a strict speed limit in place during the cycle of (20-22kph). We understand that some parts of the road will be faster than others but we must stress that if you break away from the pack and out of the relative safety of the pace car, you will no longer come under the cover of the event insurance… HikeCycle 2016 is NOT a race. It will however be a good test of endurance, stamina and lots of fun. Registration is from 8am sharp until 9:30am at which point we will start the first half of the cycle. If you do not register in time, you cannot take part in the event. So please make sure you are registered before 9:30am. Before the start of the event we will hold a short briefing with all participants outlining rules and what is the order of the day, including safety on the road, Bike storage/security, Hike, Changing facilities, and not forgetting BBQ. If you are participating in the ‘Hike’ only, you will need to register with our team in Kilcash village on the day at 11:00am where you will be briefed and given instruction. And finally, please have your sponsorship cards with you on the day and any monies will be collected by our team. Thank you for your help and cooperation. https://www.facebook.com/HikeCycle2016/?fref=ts

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Day Tripper Festival Waterford

Our crews attended the Daytripper festival here in Waterford City over the weekend for our bucket collection. Christy Dignam and Billy Mcguinness of Aslan decided to pitch in and give a helping hand with our crews. 😀 We would like to thank the kindness of the people of Waterford who’s generosity and good wishes at the festival has been nothing short of amazing.

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Thank you Four Star Pizza

Waterford Marine Search and Rescue would like to thank Michael and all the crew at Four Star Pizza Waterford for their very generous donations of piping hot pizzas every weekend to all our crews to keep them warm as they carry out their Suicide Prevention Patrols.

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**100th intervention by WMSAR volunteers**

**100th intervention by WMSAR volunteers** As volunteers prepared to stand down on their suicide prevention patrol last night, they observed a person climb over the railings on Rice Bridge. The land crews and the rescue boat proceeded to the person immediately. Contact was made with the individual who appeared very upset and confirmed that they felt suicidal. Gardai were notified and arrived on scene quickly, taking the person to safety shortly afterwards. Thank you to both members of the public who stopped their cars and rang 999.