Sunday 24 September 2017

Watch: Hostage situation and intercepting suspicious ship part of Garda emergency training exercise

Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

Gardaí learned to intercept a vessel at sea and dealt with a hostage situation in today’s major emergency training exercise.

The incident was designed to test the inter-operability of Garda units, other emergency response units and Dublin port authorities and staff.

The training exercise involved an air support unit, a Garda Water unit and local units.

Garda ‘negotiators’ were tasked with ensuring the safe return of two ‘hostages’ taken on the dock by a mock suspect with a firearm.

Members of The ERU Garda Support Unit and The Garda Water Unit pictured in action boarding a suspect Vessel during The Garda Emergency Training Exercise at Drogheda Port, Co. Louth this morning.
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Members of The ERU Garda Support Unit and The Garda Water Unit pictured in action boarding a suspect Vessel during The Garda Emergency Training Exercise at Drogheda Port, Co. Louth this morning. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
"Hostages" are taken by a lone 'Gunman" during The GArda Emergency Training Exercise at Drogheda Port, Co. Louth yesterday. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
Members of The ERU Garda Support Unit pictured in action during The Garda Emergency Training Exercise at Drogheda Port, Co. Louth this morning. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
Members of The ERU Garda Support Unit pictured in action during The Garda Emergency Training Exercise at Drogheda Port, Co. Louth this morning. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN

“This shows that we can all work together at the scene of an incident,” Inspector Alan McGovern of Drogheda Garda Station said.

“This response can be used in a plane crash, a train crash, various emergency situations,” Superintendent Andrew Waters said.

“It’s a fantastic exercise for us working with other principal agencies, and in this case, Dublin port, which plays a huge part in Drogheda.”

The ERU Garda Support Unit pictured at The Garda Emergency Training Exercise at Drogheda Port, Co. Louth yesterday.
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The ERU Garda Support Unit pictured at The Garda Emergency Training Exercise at Drogheda Port, Co. Louth yesterday. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
Members of The ERU Garda Support Unit pictured in action aboard a suspect vessel during The Garda Emergency Training Exercise at Drogheda Port, Co. Louth this morning. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
The ERU Garda Support Unit pictured in action during The Garda Emergency Training Exercise at Drogheda Port, Co. Louth yesterday. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
A 'Hostage' is helped to safety by The ERU Garda Support Unit during The Garda Emergency Training Exercise at Drogheda Port, Co. Louth yesterday. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN

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