Saturday 20 January 2018

Woman saved from drowning at Wexford Bridge

By David Tucker

A woman was saved from going into the harbour from Wexford Bridge last Tuesday night thanks to a sharp-eyed volunteer from Wexford MarineWatch who had just taken part in a night time training exercise with a new batch of recruits and the RNLI.

Shortly after the exercise had concluded, one of the trained volunteers observed a woman acting in a suspicious manner on Wexford Bridge and requested further assistance from colleagues who were still in the Lifeboat station. Volunteers intervened with the woman near Ferrybank and summoned assistance from the Emergency Services who subsequently took the her into their care.

Earlier in the evening and despite some atrocious weather conditions, the RNLI training dummy ‘Dead Fred’ was used to simulate a casualty in the water at various points around the harbour. Volunteers are then expected to react as if it was a real emergency with someone in the water.

Despite the weather conditions, the exercise went very well and was great training for the volunteers.

Frank Flanagan from MarineWatch said the regular training which takes place between the volunteers and the crew of Wexford Lifeboat is what saves lives in Wexford Harbour and ‘we are very grateful to have such an experienced Lifeboat Crew on our doorstep here in Wexford’.

The organisation continues to expand and is currently seeking more volunteers to join the team. No experience is required as all training is provided.

More about MarineWatch including application forms, can be downloaded from the website at

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