Saturday 21 September 2019

Marinewatch out on exam results night

By Maria Pepper

Marinewatch volunteers and the gardai were out in force last Wednesday night as students celebrated their Leaving Certificate results.

Several hundred students from schools around the county gathered at pubs and nightclubs in Wexford town to socialise and let off steam.

Marinewatch went to the assistance of a distressed young female who was observed initially on the quayfront and later on Wexford Bridge. The gardai were notified and an ambulance was summoned to bring the girl to Wexford General Hospital.

Volunteers also assisted and advised a number of young people who went too close to the harbour.

There were also a 'few melees' on the quayfront involving young males, according to Marinewatch chairman Frank Flanagan.

In one of the incidents, two opposing groups of young men were involved in a fight on the quay area beside Wexford Bridge. Volunteers hailed a Garda van and officers went to the scene and broke up the disturbance.

'It was a busy night and there were a lot of revellers on the quayfront. Compared to other years, they were quite well-behaved,' said the Marinewatch chairman.

Marinewatch had 10 volunteers on patrol throughout the night, compared to about six or eight in other years.

'We bumped it up because of our experience in previous years. You can get a few incidents unfolding at the same time so you need extra people.'

'We tend to put more people on because when you have alcohol in close proximity to the water there is a greater chance of someone going in, even accidentally,' he said.

Wexford People

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