Holding out for a hero, or 10, as rescue challenge kicks off
IF you need a hero this weekend, chances are you'll find one down south.
The annual World Rescue Challenge in Cork sees international lifesaving organisations competing in events to test their ability to save lives under pressure.
Among the areas that will be covered over the weekend are workshops on how to enhance, maintain and improve emergency procedures, as well as rescue techniques for dealing with road traffic conditions.
The competition is expected to bring in around 400 visitors to Cork city, and is expected to bring in €100,000 in revenue to the local area.
Up to 30 rescue teams will take part in the competition, coming from as far away as the US, South Africa, Russia, Europe, as well as Irish squads from Longford, Carlow and Meath, among others.
Members of the public are welcome to come along and watch the rescues, which will be taking place at the Port of Cork site, Custom House Quay, Cork City from 8.30am to 5pm today and tomorrow.