‘Come and join us,’ plead Marine Search & Rescue

AN SOS went out this week from the Limerick Marine Search & Rescue asking the public to boost their ranks. It’s looking for good swimmers with good physical fitness willing to volunteer their time towards helping the public through the work of the rescue unit. PRO, Peter Hogan, said he wanted to hear from those with plenty of commitment, and who realise that joining the group could mean putting their own lives at risk.

“It’s not for everyone, there is a turnaround of people because of the nature of the job. It does get tough for all of us from time to time when we are on the job but, we are all there for each other too, which is a big help”.
One of the hardest parts of the job, according to Peter, is having to search for bodies rather than actually saving a person’s life.
“Being part of a rescue crew is a major commitment, which could ultimately include risking your own life. Your commitment isn’t only measured in the time spent involved in rescues. Increasingly new equipment and faster boats means that regular training programmers also account for much of your spare time”.
Applicants need to be in good physical health with perfect eyesight and hearing, be able to participate in night duties, and live within a reasonable distance of the rescue service on the Dock Road.
Successful candidates will also be subject to garda vetting, have a clean drivers licence, and be able to participate in fundraising initiatives.
“Also, I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all at St Paul’s GAA Club in Mungret for recently raising a large amount of money for the service through a fun run and walk,” Peter concluded.
Application forms can be downloaded from the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue unit’s Facebook page.