Thursday 19 September 2019

New boat for river rescuers

Members of New Ross River Search and Rescue on their new lifeboat.
Members of New Ross River Search and Rescue on their new lifeboat.

Simon Bourke

The latest addition to the New Ross River Search and Rescue (NRRSR) fleet was launched this summer ensuring that this vital service can continue to operate in the town and its surrounding areas.

As is the tradition, the new lifeboat was blessed by local priest Father Tom Orr and a service was held afterwards to mark the launch.

According to Sinead Mullett of NRRSR the purchase of the boat was only made possible due to the generosity and support of the local community.

'We would like to express our sincerest thanks and gratitude to the people of New Ross and surrounding areas who have been outstanding in their support and because of this continuous support we were able to acquire a new lifeboat and new equipment to ensure that we can continue with the service,' she said.

Established 35 years ago NRRSR is run entirely by volunteers and operates on a 24/7 basis. It is funded solely through its charity shop at Woodbine Business Park with all proceeds generated through the shop going directly into the service.

Discussing the work they do, Sinead said, 'Unfortunately we're the last port of call if someone has gone missing. We do ground searches as well and work alongside crews in the South East and further afield, everyone helps everyone out when they can.

'It's all down to the people really, everyone who donates to the shop, they enable us to keep going.'

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