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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UPDATE: The Coast Guard's Declan Geoghegan said that they have made significant progress.
"All the work that we set out to do in terms of the preparatory work for the launch and the main rescue mission has been completed," he said.
"It's just weather dependent now. At the moment the forecast doesn't look great - I'm mainly talking about swell in that area."

So many people have been touched by the tragic loss of Rescue’s 116 Crew at Blacksod, here in Waterford, especially as Captain Dara Fitzpatrick RIP spent so many years at Rescue 117. Our colleagues at Dunmore East Coast Guard are opening a book of condolence at their station house from 12:00 noon on Wednesday 22nd of March. Dunmore East Coastguard Station, Post Office Lane, Dock Road, Dunmore East, County Waterford.
Also Tramore Coast Guard Unit Will also be opening a Book of condolences for the crew of Rescue 116 on Wednesday 22nd in Coastguard Cultural Centre, Love lane, Tramore . It will be available during the opening hours of the cafe, 9 am to 5 pm.
Members of the public are very welcome to sign the Book of Condolence.

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At 11am this morning the funeral Mass of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick will take place at St. Patrick's Church Glencullen, at the same time we at Waterford City River Rescue remember our fallen colleague who patrolled the sky here in the South East. May She Rest in Peace, we are also thinking of the those taking part in the recovery at Blacksod and pray for a swift recovery of the other three Crewmen of Rescue 116. ...

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We at Waterford City River Rescue CRBI would like to wish all our patrons, supporters, friends and family far and wide
a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, Shona Lá Fhéile Pádraig.
Being available 24/7/365 is never easy for our Crews and tomorrow will be no exception, during the Parade in Waterford City we will be keeping a watchful eye on you all from the River Suir, patrolling the river Quayside in the City. We do hope you enjoy the day as your safety is most important to us.

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The search operation off the Mayo coast for the crew of Rescue 116 continues today with resources from the Coast Guard, RNLI, the Naval Service, An Garda Siochana and local fishing vessels on scene.

Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was recovered from the scene yesterday and flown to Mayo University hospital Castlebar where sadly she was pronounced dead. Rip

Efforts to locate Captain Mark Duffy and winchmen Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith continue.

Naval service and Garda underwater unit divers will today assess conditions for a dive on an area close to Black rock, 10 miles west of Blacksod. Source Irish Coast Guard

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The Coast Guard has confirmed that the crew member recovered after this morning's helicopter crash has died.
Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was a senior pilot with the Coast Guard and had over 20 years experience
She is pictured accepting an FBD Hotel/Munster Express Waterford Person of the Year Award on behalf of Rescue 117 in 2010. She was well known here in Waterford and we are so saddened to learn this news, May we at Waterford City River Rescue extend our heartfelt condolences to her family and all that worked with her both here in Waterford and Dublin.
At a briefing at Blacksod lighthouse, Gerard O'Flynn, the search and rescue operations manager with the Irish Coast Guard confirmed the fatality.
He said the news was a hammer blow to the emergency services.
Captain Fitzpatrick had been transferred to Mayo University Hospital after being found in a critical condition.
She was a well-known member of the Coast Guard service and was also involved in several water safety campaigns.

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