Sunday 17 December 2017

Helicopter rescue exercise to take place at rally launch

A SIMULATED incident involving air, land and sea rescue services will take place as part of Saturday's launch of the Wexford Stages Rally at the Riverbank House Hotel.

In the scenario at Ferrybank, an accident victim has ended up in the water. The high point will be the attendance of the Waterford-based Rescue 117 helicopter.

This will take place at 4.30 p.m., unless the helicopter is on an actual rescue mission at the time. This will be a huge spectator opportunity and the rally organisers say all are welcome to come see it.

There will be some rally and sports cars on the day and there will be various events taking place in the hotel itself after the rescue has finished.

The Wexford rally, in association with the Riverbank House Hotel, will take place on the weekend of September 13 and 14.

This year's event will move away from the south of the county, where it has run for the past few years, with all the 15 stages taking place on closed roads in the mid- and northern end of the county. The service area on both days will be the mart yard on the Old Dublin road in Enniscorthy.

The format of the rally is slightly different as well this year, with two stages run three times on Saturday and three stages run three times on Sunday.

This will give 110km stage & 190km road distance on Saturday, with 116km stage & 148km road distance on Sunday.

The rally will again this year be counting rounds of the REIS MSA Asphalt Rally championship and the Triton Showers South East Stages championship.

Entries are already being taken and given the rally being a counting round of the REIS MSA championship, there is already a strong entry from the UK. The entry fee is €599 for the main rally & €265 for the junior rally, which will run over the 9 stages on Sunday. The entries are available through an online or traditional paper method, with all details available at

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