Four-wheel-drive boost for town's Marinewatch

By David tucker

Published 02/04/2016 | 00:00

Niall Murphy, Frank Flanagan and Jason Mulcahy with the new 4X4.
Niall Murphy, Frank Flanagan and Jason Mulcahy with the new 4X4.

Wexford Marinewatch has received a welcome boost, with the addition of a 4X4 vehicle to its fleet.

The organisation provides suicide intervention patrols in Wexford Harbour several nights a week and relies heavily on their vehicles to be able to respond to incidents quickly anywhere in the area.

The vehicle was very kindly sponsored by Northgate Vehicle Hire in Dublin, with assistance provided by other companies too such as Haztec UK (Emergency Lighting) and Crosbie Brothers Ltd (Signwriting).

'We have two ageing vehicles at the moment, so this vehicle is a welcome addition which will allow us to upgrade our oldest vehicle,' said chairman Frank Flanagan.

'We are looking at the possibility of donating the old vehicle to another Suicide Prevention Group who are currently being set up elsewhere. Over the next 12 months we hope to locate a similar sponsor, which will allow us upgrade our second vehicle. These vehicles are vital to the service we provide and need to be both reliable and suitable for what we do,' he said.

"We were already well aware of the great work carried out by Marinewatch Volunteers in Wexford, who's ongoing success has received national attention - so we were absolutely delighted to get the opportunity to help out and to assist such a fantastic Organisation,' said Jason Mulcahy, Area Manager for Northgate Vehicle Hire, 'we wish them well and hope the vehicle will assist them in saving further lives'.

The number of incidents dealt with by Marinewatch Volunteers have doubled in the first three months of 2016, compared to the same period last year - bringing the total number of people saved to 76 since its inception in 2012.

If you think you have what it takes to become a volunteer, you can download the application form from their website at www.wexfordmarinewatch.com

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