Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Marine Search Rescue 01 Marine Search Rescue 51 Marine Search Rescue 10 NewsLimerick Marine Search and RescueBy Bernie English – April 23, 2014 902 WhatsApp #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Marine Search Rescue 64 Marine Search Rescue 37 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Marine Search Rescue 41 13.04.14Limerick Marine Search and Rescue. Picture: Alan Place. Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Linkedin Email Marine Search Rescue 13 Marine Search Rescue 26 Facebook Marine Search Rescue 30 Marine Search Rescue 19 TAGSmarineMusic Limerickrescuesearch Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Twitter AMID all the sophisticated communication equipment that greets a visitor to the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue base on the Dock Road, there is a little stack of leaflets offering information on a counselling service for families bereaved by suicide.Sadly, the leaflet reflects what the team of volunteers encounters all too regularly. A person who has been overtaken by despair, if even for a moment, goes to the river and the rescue unit is scrambled.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up But if someone is in trouble, either by accident or design, the Limerick unit is one of the best prepared to get out there and help.The team is equipped and trained to the same standard as the professional coastguard service.They are on-call 24-7 and, when an emergency arises, they can be fully operational in under two minutes.There is a slipway just yards from the base which gives them instant access to the water and they have now put a boat on the Abbey River to deal with calls that end of the water.“We’re unique in that we know the river so well. An operation is a risk but it is a calculated risk,” explained rescue diver and coxswain John Broderick.Most of the calls are of sightings of people entering the water between Shannon Bridge and Sarsfield Bridge and by far the majority of emergencies happen between two and three am, “when the clubs empty out”, said dive supervisor Jimmy Connors.Once a call comes in, the first three people to reach the base – or the crew staying overnight in the station on-shift – will get a boat in the water, getting information as they go and beginning the search at the point where the person was last seen.The next person in will take over communications co-ordination and they are followed by another team that includes a swift water rescue swimmer and dive team.“The dive team goes in immediately if a person is not on the surface. If they have gone under, the best chance we have of recovery is if we find them quickly. We know the flow of the river. We go above the entry point and we search all the way down to where we know a person may go,” explained jimmy.If the person is not found straight away, then begins a highly professional operation which involves divers swimming in formation, roped together at arms length wearing special diving equipment.At the bottom of the river, visibility can be so low that the team can barely see in front of them. They are using their hands to sweep and feel for a body which may stuck in the deep, sticky mud at the bottom.They literally feel their way to finding a body which has often been in the water for a time.If a body is not recovered, searching may be scaled back “but we don’t give up. There are very few that we’ve never got. The longest time for a recovery was fifteen months,’ said Jimmy.All of the volunteers have been extensively trained but ‘rookie’ volunteers are not sent on expensive training courses immediately. First they learn everything there is to know about handling the boats.“They’re on probation for twelve months. We’ll see what commitment they give and watch their behaviour. But it’s only on an actual recovery that we know and they know if they are suited. We say you’re not a volunteer until your first recovery,” said Jimmy.On of the things the team is anxious to get across is their gratitude to the public and to others who support them.“We’re all volunteers so when we’re out there, rattling a bucket, ever cent that’s donated is ploughed back into the service. We couldn’t do what we do without the support we get,” said PRO Peter Hogan.“Nor could we do this without the support of our families. We are away so much and our families are putting up with that,” said John.But with all of the tragedy that goes with taking someone who has drowned out of the river, the team have many causes to celebrate.The volunteers take heart when they have a recovery that those who loved that person can have closure.“The buzz you get from a rescue is amazing,” said John.They team is clearly 100 per cent involved in what they do, regardless of the huge demands it makes on their time.“It’s in our blood,” said Jimmy. Marine Search Rescue 17 #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Print Previous articleNewsreel for Arts…Next articleSumo Cyco play Limerick’s Indie Week Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Advertisement Marine Search Rescue 03 woman rescued from Shannon River Marine Search Rescue 52 Marine Search Rescue 38 Marine Search Rescue 59 Two rescued from the water overnight
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Former Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama is on trial at French Ligue 1 side Dijon as he aims for a return to competitive action after more than two years.The 36-year-old has not played competitively since April 2017 and was released by Lille in August 2018.The club says the free agent will train with them until the end of the month. Coach Stéphane Jobard will then decide whether to offer Enyeama, who is keen on a route back to football, a deal.Enyeama joined Lille from Isreali side Hapoel Tel Aviv in June 2011 and made 164 appearances for them, including the 2016 French League cup final where they were edged by giants Paris St-Germain 2-1.His time at Lille also included 17 clean sheets from 35 league games in the 2013/14 season, that saw him emerge as the first goalkeeper to be named French Ligue 1 African Player of the Season.Enyeama also played 101 times for the Super Eagles including winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.He is his country’s most successful goalkeeper after playing in five Nations Cup tournaments – in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013 – and was part of the Nigeria squad at the 2002, 2010 and 2014 World Cup tournaments.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Vincent Enyeama
Week one of college football certainly delivered. Apart from USC’s 55-6 trashing of Arkansas State, marquee matchups — Alabama vs. Wisconsin and Arizona State vs. Texas A&M — lived up to expectations.We now know that Arizona State should never have been ranked No. 15 and Alabama’s defense looks scary good.While these games certainly stick out to any normal fan, you’ll find some rather interesting storylines if you dig deeper.No. 21 Stanford fell to unranked Northwestern and UCLA’s Josh Rosen had a near perfect debut, passing for 351 yards and three touchdowns while completing 28 of 35 passes.In fact, Rosen’s first game, against unranked Virginia — a team that has not won a road game in three years — went so well that many experts now have UCLA as their pick to win the Pac-12 and make the College Football Playoff.This sounds awfully familiar. Just last year, it seems this same exact situation happened.On opening weekend last season, No. 21 Texas A&M traveled to Columbia to take on then-No. 9 South Carolina. Led by quarterback Kenny Hill, the Aggies crushed the Gamecocks 52-28.Hill, who was making his first start for the Aggies after the departure of former Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, went 44-60 for 511 yards and three touchdowns.Texas A&M was thrust into the top 10, jumping 12 spots to No. 9, and even receiving two first-place votes.Hill immediately found himself in the national spotlight, leading the conversation for Heisman and giving himself the nickname Kenny “Trill.”Fast forward a few months and the Aggies finish the season 8-5 (3-5) and find themselves outside the final top 25 poll.Kenny “Trill” decides to transfer to TCU after losing the starting job to Kyle Allen in the aftermath of an embarrassing 59-0 loss at the hands of Alabama.Last year’s Texas A&M team is just one example of how preseason rankings are misleading.USC was ranked No. 1 in 2012, and we all know how that ended. It seems that Oklahoma is always ranked in the top 10 year after year despite their last National Championship being 15 years ago.Even the Aggies find themselves in the same position as last season — defeating a top ranked team at a “neutral site” and vaulting into the national conversation.Preseason hype will forever be a factor in all sports, professional and collegiate. However, there are steps that the NCAA could take to temper the hype a little.Instead of releasing preseason polls, why not wait until the third or fourth week to release the initial poll?Under this scenario, most teams would have the opportunity to play at least one quality opponent to show they deserve to be ranked in the top 25.Take this week for example. No. 7 Oregon will travel to East Lansing to take on No. 5 Michigan State.The loser of this game will almost certainly fall out of the top 10, so what is the point of having them ranked so high at the beginning of the season?This week alone, three new teams jumped into the top 25 — Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Utah.Next week you can expect even more teams to drop in and out of the top 25 as there are numerous high quality matchups.Besides Oregon vs. Michigan State, some of the key games this week include No. 14 LSU vs. No. 25 Mississippi State, No. 20 Boise State vs. BYU and No. 19 Oklahoma vs. No. 23 Tennessee.Basically, we could be looking at possibly 5-7 new teams in the top 25 after just two weeks.While I know this is about as unrealistic as it gets, I can still dream for the day I can turn on SportsCenter and not see Kirk Herbstreit declaring the next national champions after one week, right?But who knows?Maybe Josh Rosen will be that good and UCLA will win the Pac-12. Maybe USC will surprise everyone and go undefeated.Or maybe Rosen will be average and the Bruins will go 8-4. Maybe the Trojans will endure a mediocre season. Nobody knows until the games are played.So what’s the point of all that preseason hype?Nick Barbarino is a senior majoring in business administration. His column, “Beyond the Arc,” runs Thursdays.