Saturday 21 September 2019

MarineWatch to run 'live rescue' for Pride of Place judges

By David tucker

wexford Marinewatch will be carrying out a 'live rescue scenario' off Wexford Bridge this morning (Tuesday) as part of a presentation to the judges for this year's Pride of Place awards.

'A dummy will be used to simulate a casualty entering the water with a 'live' response from the emergency services, including the gardai, the RNLI, the Coast Guard and the ambulance, to show how we all work together quickly and seamlessly when something happens' said Frank Flanagan, from Wexford Marinewatch.

He said the exercise will demmonstrate the group's inter-agency co-operation with all the other emergency services.

Mr Flanagan said Wexford Marinewatch was delighted to be chosen as Wexford County Council's nomination for the Pride of Place award and during their visit on Tuesday, the Pride of Place judges - the award are sponsored by Irish Public Bodies (IP) - will also get a tour of the group's base at Ferrybank.

'This would be a very prestigious award if we won it - the overall winner will be announced at an event in Belfast in November,' he said.

Established in December 2012, the primary objective of Wexford Marinewatch was to try and reduce the high level of death by suicide in the Wexford Harbour and Bridge area.

It was a first for any town in Ireland, linking all local emergency and voluntary services to put the MarineWatch scheme in place - the RNLI, Civil Defence, An Garda Siochana, the National Ambulance Service, Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, Wexford Fire Service, Irish Coast Guard and Wexford Local Authorities, - and they all play an active role in its operation and success to this day.

This inter-agency co-operation ensures a swift, co-ordinated response to someone in difficulty, ensuring deaths are kept to a minimum and these people get the help they need.

Since its inception four years ago, no-one has lost their life through suicide in Wexford Harbour.

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