Killarney Water and Rescue crew seek a permanent home

Looking for a home: Killarney Water Rescue members Jimmy Sweetman, Diarmuid Galvin, John Wilson and John Lynch with (back from left) Tommy McGillycuddy, Don Courtney, John Shanahan, John O'Loughlin and John Coyle. Credit: Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin
Looking for a home: Killarney Water Rescue members Jimmy Sweetman, Diarmuid Galvin, John Wilson and John Lynch with (back from left) Tommy McGillycuddy, Don Courtney, John Shanahan, John O'Loughlin and John Coyle. Credit: Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

said he has no preference and was open to any suggestion from individuals or organisations.

"We will consider anything, be it a site, a warehouse. We will have a long lifespan and so we just want to have a home base for next generation."

Killarney Water Rescue Search and Recovery currently operates with nine volunteers with Tommy McGillycuddy, chairman John Shannon, Diarmuid Galvin, John Wilson, John Coyle, John Lynch, John O'Loughlin and Jimmy Sweetman joining Don in operations.

Depending on the callout, the service currently uses three boats depending on the terrain: a 4.3 metre inflatable with a 25 hp Yamaha engine; a 5.3m inflatable with a 40 hp Yamaha and 5.6m RIB with fibreglass hull and 40hp Mariner engine.

In addition to callouts, the group trains throughout the year on a fornightly basis, updating boat handling techniques and working with a new under water intercom system. It also hopes to acquire sonar equipment to obtain 3D readings of the local lakes and rivers.

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