May 18, 2021

Waterford river heroes rescue woman from Suir during night of drama in city

Waterford Marine Search and Rescue volunteers saved the life of a woman who had entered the River Suir and potentially prevented another young man from attempting to take his own life in the space of a few hours.

At around 12.25am yesterday volunteers on the nightly Suicide Prevention Patrol were informed by gardai that a woman was seen in the River close to the Tower Hotel.

Waterford Marine Search and Rescue said: “Our rescue boat was on scene within seconds, and thankfully through the quick thinking of the staff from the Tower Hotel & Leisure Centre Waterford and with the assistance from the Gardai, they were able to rescue the female with the aid of two lifebuoys within seconds of entering the water.”

The woman was then helped from the water and escorted to a nearby Garda car.

Waterford Marine Search and Rescue said that “thankfully this was a positive result”, adding that the incident highlighted the importance of lifebuoys along the quayside.

The group said this was a reminder that “a stolen lifebuoy can lead to a stolen life”.

Meanwhile, the marine volunteers also dealt with a separate incident when they came across a distressed young man on Rice Bridge “with suicidal thoughts”.

“Our crews spoke with him and successfully dealt with the incident,” the group said on Facebook.

The Christmas period is a very busy time for the brave Waterford Marine Search and Rescue Volunteers. They have urged anyone who is going through a tough time over the festive period to “take that first step and talk to someone”.

Anyone who is seeking help is also urged to contact one of the following helplines:

*Pieta house 24/7: 1800 247 247
*Pieta house South East: 051 858 510
* 1800 80 48 48
*Childline: 1800 66 66 66
*Laochas The Warrior Soul Project: 086 220 4441
*Childline: 1800 66 66 66
*Teen-Line Ireland: 1800 833 634
*Teac Tom Kilkenny: 056 779 6592
*Talk to (0818) 30 30 61
*Samaritans: 116 123
* 01 675 3554

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating, and He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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