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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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Odd Socks for Katie campaign

As our crews begin this weeks patrols along the quays of Waterford City we would like to bring another very important awareness campaign to the forefront. The Odd Socks for Katie campaign is run in the hope that people will continue to remember Katie Murphy by reminding others to be safe and responsible on our roads. Our patrol crews will carry out their patrol with their odd socks in the hope that this small symbolic gesture might be a useful way of starting important conversations about the dangers of speed and the sense of loss that people are experiencing at the moment. We hope that people will continue to remember Katie by reminding others to be safe and responsible on our roads.

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Big thank you WLR FM

We would like say a massive thank you to the WlrFm team for their most generous donation this morning of €1000 towards the fitout of our new search and rescue base. Pictured is Darryl & Declan Barry at the cheque presentation with the “Deise Today” Team of Jennifer and Eamon. Many thanks for your amazing generosity.

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**New Search and Rescue Base for Waterford City **

**New Search and Rescue Base for Waterford City ** Waterford Marine Search and Rescue is proud to announce the purchase of a 3 story, 6000 square feet unit located at the Park Road Business Park, adjacent to the River Suir in Waterford City. Waterford Marine Search and Rescue have been looking for a suitable unit for the last 5 years to locate a search and rescue base. Our mission, vision and commitment to the people of Waterford has come to fruition, and includes the following. Training room Search and rescue operations room Conference room Equipment storage area Canteen Showers and toilets Family liaison room Rest area Garage area for boats and vehicles The new base also comprises of a large parking area to the rear of the unit which will be able to accommodate all of our search and rescue vehicles and plenty of parking for volunteers and visitors. With thanks in no small way to the support of the people of Waterford and surrounding areas, we are delighted to have been able to fulfil our commitment and deliver on all of the above and more. The riverside property, which is the first of its kind in the city will serve as a permanent base of operations for our voluntary work in Waterford and surrounding counties. We would like to thank you, the public and businesses of Waterford City, County and South Kilkenny , for the continued support you have shown to Waterford Marine Search and Rescue. We expect our base to be open and ready to assist the community in the next few months but a final push for donations is needed. If any local businesses would like to contribute to the search and rescue base, or feel they can provide services to upgrade the new base they can contact Waterford Marine Search and Rescue through their website waterfordmarinesearchandrescue.ie or their Facebook facebook.com/waterfordmarinesearchandescue. You can also text WMSAR to 50300 to make a donation of €4.

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** Volunteers rescued a female from the River Suir***

*** Volunteers rescued a female from the River Suir at 9:30 p.m. this evening. *** While on exercise tonight, our rescue boat crew spotted a person in the water and immediately went to the person’s aid. The female had entered the river intending to take her life by suicide. The casualty was taken by our rescue boat to our base at Neptune Marina where we were promptly met by An Garda Síochána, Waterford Ambulance Service and Waterford City Fire Service. Thank you as always to Irish Coast Guard for coordinating the incident. Remember, you are not alone, there is help out there 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 #Waterford #Riversuir #Volunteers #Savinglives