Waterford Marine Search and Rescue (WMSAR) has assisted in 101 interventions since 2010, rescuing 26 people alive from the River Suir in Waterford.
The organisation conducts suicide prevention night patrols along Waterford city’s quaysides, participates in Search and Rescue, maintains and monitors ring-buoys among other activities.
In just one week WMSAR assisted in six cases of people contemplating or attempting suicide by Waterford’s Quays.
One incident involved a girl who was just 15.
In all six cases the rescue workers were alerted by quick thinking members of the public, and the interventions had a positive outcome.
Declan Barry from the organisation said that without those people’s compassion, lives could have been lost.
Declan said in one case a man who had been crossing the bridge in the city used a life-buoy to save the life of a person in the water. He pleaded with people not to interfere with life-buoys.
He also said the the Government need to properly fund mental health in the country.
(pic courtesy of WMSAR)