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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Incident Call-out: today our pagers were activated by the Irish Coast Guard at 15:26 22/10/16. Initial report relayed by Marine Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) of a boat with no power requiring assistance in the main channel near the Island. Crew responded, Lifeboat was launched at 15:36 and made their way down river just past the area of Dirty Tail. A small fishing vessel was located with two persons on board, both in good spirits but had suffered engine failure due to a flat battery. A tow was secured and because of low water a decision was made to bring the boat to the city. Due to a large number of boats along the cities marina's the only safe location to berth the vessel was on the Port of Waterford Marina. When the boat was secured the two crew were transported to the Plaza marina where they made plans to repair their boat. They thanked us for our assistance and MRCC was fully informed of the situation, a great result with no casualties apart from a little repair work on their part. Crew were stood down and secured at base at 16:45.
Calling the Coast Guard whenever you see anyone in difficulty should always be your first call as they can scramble the appropriate emergency services when required 24/7/365, remember 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

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Many thanks to the staff and patrons of both Waterford Credit Unions at Upper Grange and Parnell St offices for their hospitality at the coffee morning today, to celebrate International Credit Union day. With a special word of thanks to Ann Marie Drohan with our own John O'Sullivan and Sinéad Murphy along with Waterford's Kevin Moran. While this event was happening we also had our annual inspection by the Irish Coast Guard and we are delighted to confirm we passed with flying colours, as the only rescue service to have this status in our city. Available 24/7/365 to anyone in difficulty along our beautiful River Suir. ...

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On Thursday, Oct. 20th 2016, Irish credit unions will join 57,000 credit unions in other communities around the world to celebrate International Credit Union Day® highlighting the role that financial cooperatives play in improving the communities they serve and the lives of their members. This year’s theme, “The Authentic Difference” celebrates what makes credit unions truly unique. Tomorrow morning between 10am and 12 noon The Upper Grange and Parnell St offices are holding a coffee morning to celebrate this and Waterford City River Rescue have been chosen to be the benefactors of this event. So please do pop along and meet some of our crew who will be there, say hello and have a chat, Thank you Credit Union. ...

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Waterford City River Rescue CRBI updated their cover photo. ...

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