Dramatic rescue scenes in Kilmore

COASTGUARD EXERCISES DRAW CROWDS

ANNE MARIE O'CONNOR

THERE WERE dramatic scenes in Kilmore Quay on Saturday as the Coastguard simulated crisis scenarios to educate the public about their work.

Kilmore Quay Coastguard area officer Jim Kielthy confirmed that more than 1,000 spectators witnessed some dramatic rescues by the Coastguard, who showed the variety of skills they employ to keep people safe at sea.

Jim's own boat was set on fire in one of the simulations, and people saw how the fire was put out and 'casualties' were treated.

The Rescue 117 helicopter was dispatched from Waterford to fly over Kilmore Quay and they impressed the public as they winched a man to safety and brought him ashore.

People saw how hypothermia victims were care for by the crews as part of the exercises.

In another scenario, members of Wexford Sub Aqua Club showed how surfers and divers can get into difficulty, while the inshore lifeboat was dispatched to deal with a situation where an angler fell off the rocks closer to shore.

The Air Corps also caused a stir when it dropped a raft from one of its airplanes.

The new incident command unit was on standby outside of the Crazy Crab restaurant throughout the afternoon.

According to Jim Kielthy it was a hugely successful day.

' There were more than 1,000 people there. The idea of the day was to raise public awareness and we would say it was a great success,' he said.

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