Welcome to the Waterford City River Rescue Website


Welcome to Waterford City River Rescue. We are a non-profit organisation which operates a voluntary Search and Rescue Service on the River Suir from Mount Congreve to Checkpoint. Our volunteers provide this essential service on a 24 hour basis, 365 days a year.


We are a member of the Community Rescue Boats of Ireland (CRBI) and affiliated to the Irish Coast Guard, having successfully completed their stringent assessments and examinations of crew and equipment.


Our crews are all volunteers and are trained and equipped to the highest standards and are subject to annual assessments by the CRBI and, or the Irish Coast Guard, which ensures that the highest professional standards are maintained.


Waterford City River Rescue as a voluntary organization must seek funding through sponsorship and donations from the public, in order to provide a professional service to our community. To this end, Waterford City River Rescue requests businesses and members of the public to support our fundraising activities.


A donation box is available on this site, to allow you to make a donation to Waterford City River Rescue. All donations will be gratefully appreciated and will assist Waterford City River Rescue in continuing to provide this service to our community.

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Saturday 1st of October 2016, here’s another amazing shot by Jamie Malone who always goes to great heights to give us a different view “Overhead at Belview Port”. Jamie has always given us some fantastic shots for our calendars, thank you Jamie. Our thanks to this month’s sponsors Port of Waterford Company, 3rd Floor, Marine Point, Belview Port, Slieverue, Waterford. Tel: 051 874907. The Port of Waterford Company was originally known as Waterford Harbour Commissioners and was established 200 years ago, in 1816. May we extend our congratulations on reaching a milestone existence to all at Port of Waterford. ...

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Another busy weekend for us here at Waterford City River Rescue, our thanks to Dunmore East Coast Guard instructors Fran and Donnacha for the excellent tuition in updating and re-certifying some of our crew at CFR at the station Saturday morning. A successful call-out Saturday afternoon and Stage of Life Festival Sunday lending a helping hand to the Friends of Assisi House in Airmount. A great day was had in the sunshine for a very worthy cause who look after the older members of our community, thanks Deirdre and Fiona. And thanks to our own Crew who give up their time freely to help others and as always your support, thank you. ...

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Stage of Life Festival at the RSC, bring the kids down and meet the Crew. ...

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Incident Call-Out: Pagers activated today at 15:04 by the Irish Coast Guard 24/9/16. Our crew responded and Lifeboat was launched at 15:19, also launched were Waterford City Fire Service Rescue boat. First reports indicated to us that a person was seen holding onto a boat near the city side of Kings Chanel, Island Ferry area. On arriving at scene Information received from MRCC (Marine Rescue Coordination Centre) that the person had left go of the boat and was drifting towards the Island. A full scale search was underway and Rescue 117 conducted sweeping searches which took them into forest area on the Island, WMS&R were also on scene at this time. Rescue boats searched a wider shore line area in an attempt to find the person, at approximately 15:58 a male was located by Rescue 117 who then directed Gardai to recover a person who then was passed onto Waterford Ambulance Service and taken to WUH. Crew were stood-down by MRCC and returned to Base at 16 10. This is one of the reasons we ask you to ring either 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard when ever you see anyone in difficulty, as time is of the essence, a great result by all Emergency Services co-ordinated by MRCC. ...

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Incident Call-Out: Pagers activated by The Irish Coast Guard at 02:51 23/09/16, crew responded with initial reports of people stuck on the mud at the vicinity near The Clock Tower, Granville Hotel area. Two people were recovered one of which was there to help the other, by Waterford City Fire Service and both were handed over to Waterford Ambulance Service and taken to WUH. Also in attendance were Waterford Gardai, crew were stood-down at approximately 03:10. an extremely fast extraction of causalities in the receding tide. A positive result and well-done to all agencies involved, please don't wait for someone else to call, Dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard, your fast action can help save someones's life. ...

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