Welcome to the Waterford City River Rescue Website

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

Waterford City River Rescue

Covid 19 Impact

During the COVID 19 Pandemic Waterford City River Rescue has remained completely active and responsive to emergency Call Outs. During the COVID 19 crisis, our crew have responded to 7 emergency Call Outs. We have complied with all government and HSE guidelines while still maintaining our essential duties.

COVID 19 has inhibited our ability to raise funds to help keep our unit and services operational. If you would like to donate to Waterford City River Rescue we would be very grateful. We would like to thank the public for their continued support. 

Who We Are

Welcome to Waterford City River Rescue. We are a non-profit organisation that operates a voluntary Search and Rescue Service on the River Suir from Mount Congreve to Cheekpoint. 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 with 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.

Please remember if you see anyone in difficulty on our Lakes, Rivers or Coast, Call 999 or 112 and ask for The Irish Coast Guard

From all the crew here at Waterford City River Rescue we would like to give our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes toWaterford City Civil Defence on the this very proud day. Their new rescue and recovery boat with the very special name the “DARA FITZ” was today blessed and brought into commission with a beautiful ceremony which was attended by Dara’s close family and friends. This outstanding purpose built rescue boat will be used by Waterford City Civil Defence and in emergency’s by the crews ofWaterford City Fire Service. We are absolutely delighted for our wonderful friends and colleagues and would like to share their statement on this very special occasion.“Today was a very proud day and poignant one for Waterford City Civil Defence as at a special blessing we launched our new rescue and recovery boat named the Dara Fitz. The boat is named after Captain Dara Fitzpatrick who served in the Waterford based recuse 117 and then in the Dublin based rescue 116, where she and fellow crew mates Chief Pilot Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby, and winch man Ciarán Smith were sadly killed while on mission. The ceremony was attended by Dara’s family members, close friends and Civil Defence volunteers. The Dara Fitz is owned and maintained by Waterford City Civil Defence and is used in conjunction with Waterford City Fire Service as a first turn out vessel for the rescue and recovery of persons from the river Suir. As with her predecessor the Darren K we hope she will aid in saving as many lives, and bring closure and some sense of peace to families in the recovery of loved ones lost at sea.It’s is our profound wish that the rescue boat Dara Fitz like the incredible person she is named after, will once again be heard over the radio waves responding to, and rescuing person’s in distress, as Dara herself did on so many occasions. Waterford City Civil Defence Statement Ends.” ... See MoreSee Less
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Waterford Haven Hub is open tonight from 10pm to 2am. If you are struggling, need someone to talk to or your feeling suicidal, they have trained volunteers here to help. They are based at 28A Mary Street or you can call them on 087 4088911. Their patrol team will be out from 11pm to 2am. ... See MoreSee Less
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📟📟 CALL OUT 📟📟At approximately midday today the Irish Coast Guard activated the pagers of Waterford City River Rescue. This was to respond to reports of a vessel in difficulty in the area of Cheekpoint. Our crews launched two rescue boats for this operation. 3 casualties were successfully taken from the stricken vessel in difficult terrain and the vessel was secured. Our crews transferred the casualties to land. One of which received precautionary treatment from Waterford Ambulance Station. Everyone is safe, well and unharmed. Our crews remained in communication with Waterford City Fire Service who were covering Waterford City as always, in case of emergency. Thank you to everyone involved. Thank you to MRCC for coordinating this incident with a successful outcome. Thank you to the person who called 999/112 your call allowed for an extremely swift and successful response from emergency services. Our crews will be returning later this evening to return the vessel to Waterford City. We would like to reiterate the absolute importance of an early call to the Emergency Services for water incidents so the relevant services can be dispatched promptly. Please remember if you see anyone in difficulty on our Lakes, Rivers or Coast, Call 999 or 112 and ask for The Irish Coast Guard who will dispatch the services needed to the scene, Do not assume somebody has already made that call. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you Tesco Ireland we are so grateful for your support. Thank you so much to Hector Ó hEochagáin we can’t wait to see you again soon. None of this would be possible without the support of our community, thank you to everyone. We are so very lucky to be able to carry out the work we do and that’s made possible by the generosity of our community. We are so honoured and privileged to be involved in the work that we do. This would not be possible with the amazing emergency services that we are privileged to work alongside. Thank you so much to everyone for your continued support.Waterford City Fire ServiceAn Garda SíochánaIrish Coast GuardWaterford Ambulance StationWaterford Haven HubRescue117Waterford Civil Defence@TescoIreland@wlrfm ... See MoreSee Less
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