Marinewatch post for George

By David Tucker

Published 08/09/2015 | 00:00

George Lawlor.
George Lawlor.

Wexford suicide prevention organisation Wexford Marinewatch has appointed former mayor Cllr George Lawlor as its Vice-Chairman.

George, who was one of the founding members, has been an integral part of the management team since its inception in 2012 as well as being an being an active volunteer of MarineWatch which has prevented over 50 deaths in the harbour in the past three years and dealt with over 160 incidents

Chairman Frank Flanagan said Wexford MarineWatch was going from strength-to-strength.

'As our organisation continues to grow and now with over 80 active volunteers, it is no longer feasible for one person alone to oversee operations in a voluntary capacity.

'All the members of our management team are vital to its success, and provide their time completely voluntarily for benefit the people of Wexford. The appointment of George to this position will enable us to expand even further whilst still retaining the effectiveness of what we do.'

The organisation will be reopening its recruitment for new volunteers in September for a brief period, as it seeks to strengthen its already committed team.

The trained volunteers provide suicide prevention and intervention patrols on Wexford Bridge and Harbour, in an attempt to help those in difficulty. Similar schemes are already in operation in Waterford, Kilkenny, Limerick, Derry and one just recently launched in Galway.

'Wexford Marinewatch (is) an integral part of the Wexford Community. As a management team since its inception, we have worked to ensure that this voluntary group acts in the most professional and caring of ways,' said George.

Wexford Marinewatch which is self-funding, relies entirely on donations from the general public and the generosity of local businesses.

More information and an application form can be obtained from their website www.wexfordmarinewatch.com If you ever experience difficulty and need someone to talk to, the Console helpline is available 24hrs a day on 1800-247-247.

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