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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Wexford Marinewatch in hunt for volunteers

MarineWatch volunteers.
MarineWatch volunteers.

By David Tucker

The highly-successful suicide prevention organisation 'Wexford MarineWatch', has re-opened recruitment for new volunteers for a short period.

The group is looking for people from all walks of life who are willing to give up one night of their time a month to help others.

Established in 2012, the organisation's trained volunteers have prevented the deaths of 31 people in the harbour and has dealt with more than 100 incidents since its inception.

Due to its success, the organisation is now expanding its operation and requires more volunteers.

Patrolling the bridge and harbour areas several nights a week at key times, the volunteers identify, intercept and assist anyone who may be in difficulty or contemplating suicide.

Backed up by the emergency services including the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI, these persons are taken to safety and put in contact with other organisations who can also help.

There is no requirement to be able to swim, as volunteers do not enter the water.

All training necessary is provided, including hands-on training with the various pieces of safety equipment used. The minimum entry age is 21 however there is no maximum age limit.

If you feel you would like to make a difference and do something positive for your community, you can get further information and download the application form from;www.wexfordmarinewatch.com/volunteering

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