Congratulations to Slaney Search & Rescue for their outstanding contribution during the flooding crisis in Enniscorthy over the Christmas period 2015. Second time recipients of the award, Slaney Search & Rescue worked tirelessly to ensure that those affected by the floods were kept safe and provided for during this time.
Members worked throughout the night until the early hours of the morning moving people in danger to safety. During the day they transported people across the river to get urgent provisions from shops and chemists. They ferried health care workers to their place of work. They assisted shop owners with sandbagging to secure premises to try and hold the water back.
Founded in 1995 by the late Harry O’Connor in response to a search for a local person, it was quickly realised that a permanent voluntary rescue service was needed to respond to difficulties encountered along the river Slaney. The organisation continues today spearheaded by its Chairman, Committee and 35 strong volunteer crew. From humble beginnings Slaney Search & Rescue has grown its fleet to 6 boats along with its own dedicated sub-aqua unit and is now part of the National Emergency Database. An emergency response crew is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
They also provide safety cover for events such as The Edermine Rowing Club, The Wexford Open Swim, The Hope & Dream Run, The Darkness into Light Walk and any local marine events. They provide training to their members in boat skills, navigation and engine maintenance at their weekly meetings at their base on the prom in Enniscorthy.
Slaney Search & Rescue was set up by the people for the people.