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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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Male rescued from the River Suir

**Male rescued from the River Suir** At approximately 2:00am whilst conducting our suicide prevention patrols along the quays, a male entered the water with the intention of ending his life through suicide by drowning. Patrol teams on land deployed throwbags to a male in the water. Our rescue boat was on scene with in seconds and recovered the male to the safety of the rescue boat. The Irish Coast Guard were alerted. Waterford Gardaí and the Waterford Ambulance Service were on scene in minuites.Great team work by all services involved. Thankfully this was a good outcome and we do hope the individual gets all the help they need. No one should feel like there is no one to talk to or that no one cares. We have a list of numbers here for anyone that feels that they or someone they know might need help. Samaritans: 116 123, Pieta House South East. ( Waterford City ): 051 858510 Aware: 1890 303 302, Childline: 1800 66 66 66 Teen-Line Ireland: 1800 833 634

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Pieta House South East opens in Waterford City

We were delighted to attend the official opening of Pieta House South East tonight in Waterford City – VERY proud on behalf of the DIL committee to have been involved in the very start of this process. There have already been a number of clients seen since Monday – our people given hope, their families given support & relief – so thank you Pieta for becoming part of our community to help us in our darkest times. And thank you to EVERY one who’s ever walked, ran, sold plants, made CDs, rattled buckets in pubs, clubs, shopping centres, did fashion shows, coffee mornings, bag packs, hikes, cycles, or ANY thing to raise money for Pieta SouthEast – this is where your money has gone, and is already saving lives. So, now, more than ever, we need to continue these great events to ensure this service continues until the day it’s no longer needed. #savinglives

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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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**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.

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WMSAR visit Fethard Lifeboat Station

WMSAR crewmembers had the very great pleasure of visiting our fellow volunteers at Fethard Lifeboat Station yesterday. The team told us all about their inaugural WAVES Festival in association with RNLI which will be headlined by Irish country music sensation, Nathan Carter. This event is to be held on Sunday 28 August 2016 within the walled gardens at Loftus Hall, in the historic coastal area of Hook Head. The family themed day-long music event is being run in aid of the Fethard RNLI fundraising appeal, which is set to raise €65,000 needed for a new Inshore Lifeboat, due to be placed on service in Fethard at the end of 2017. Tickets are available from www.tickets.ie or from selected SuperValu or Centra stores nationwide. We look forward to assiting with safety cover at the event and wish Fethard all the very best in their campaign,

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Operations continue tomorrow

WMSAR volunteers have completed their third days searching in Fiddown for a missing person. Also present over the weekend were our colleagues from Carrick River Rescue and Kilkenny Civil Defense, as well as numerous local men and women who assisted. Thank you to An Garda Síochána and Irish Coast Guard. Operations continue tomorrow.