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Limerick Marine Search and Rescue

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first_imgEmma 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 overnightlast_img read more

Oxford Students inspire #SmearForSmear campaign

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first_imgA new charitable social media craze that has been compared to the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ phenomenon was designed by two Oxford undergraduates, with a team of fellow students.Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust’s #SmearforSmear campaign, which has been endorsed by a range of celebrities, from Stephen Fry to Rita Ora, is aiming to raise awareness and debunk myths about smear tests.The charity is asking people to smear lipstick on their cheek, take a selfie and then upload the photo to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.Pembroke linguist Marianna Spring and New College human scientist Katherine Tomsett designed the campaign during a Girls’ Day Schools Trust Young Leaders Conference in September 2013.The Oxford students developed the idea with their team during the conference’s competition to design marketing campaigns for leading charities, including Jo’s Trust.Inspired by the no make-up selfies that were circulating on Facebook and the connotations of the word smear with lipstick, the idea of #smearforsmear was devised.Tomsett and Spring’s team’s idea went on to win the competition and left a lasting impression on the students and the charity.Tomsett told Cherwell, “I am thrilled with the response the campaign has had online. Cervical cancer kills thousands of women each year, and leaves survivors infertile in a large number of cases.”“The majority of the time, it can be prevented if it’s picked up early enough, so the importance of attending smear tests can’t be stressed enough. I’m just happy that something of which I was a part could potentially save lives.”Surrey economics student Rebecca Waters collaborated with the two during the Young Leaders Conference.She said, “Working with Jo’s Trust helped me learn about the cancer and the statistics that come with it, all of which shocked me.”“We ultimately designed a great concept that I personally feel very proud of, which has now been developed and actually put in place by Jo’s Trust.”Maddy Durrant, Communications Manager at Jo’s Trust, worked with the girls at the Young Leaders Conference and helped launch the current trend to coincide with Cervical Cancer Prevention week.She commented, “After the conference, their idea was on my mind a lot and I kept mulling it over for a long time.”“Their contribution sparked my imagination and lay the foundations for what followed. It was such a great idea and I always knew that we had to use it in some shape or form.”Durrant hopes that the #SmearforSmear campaign will encourage more women to attend their smear test appointments, citing the fact that one third of women aged 25-29 fail to attend planned smear tests.She commented, “Hopefully this campaign will push boundaries of understanding and ensure more women go for smear tests.”French and Italian student Emma Obertelli, who had her first smear test last year, said, “I’m really glad I went. Once you’ve seen the doctor for one intimate thing it doesn’t seem like such a big deal to go again.”last_img read more