Members of Co Longford Scuba Divers Search & Recovery Unit pictured in Tarmonbarry on Sunday, February 11 where they had a club training day for search and recovery.
This weekend, Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25, there will be a church gate collection throughout county Longford to help raise funds for the important work of the Co Longford Scuba Diving Club.
The Club was formed in 1989 and it is based in Longford town – just off the Ballinalee Road. This year, there are 25 members made up of both snorkelers and divers.
In Spring, each year, members update their training for search and recovery and this allows them to be included as part of the midlands search and recovery callout team.
PRO of Co Longford Scuba Diving Club, Rose Kane, explained,
“This is a voluntary aspect of our club and the members who volunteer have gained their qualification through a training programme organised and certified by the Irish Underwater Council (IUC).
“The IUC is working closely with the Coast Guard, Civil Defence and An Garda Síochána in a coordinated approach to search and recovery nationally”.
In the event of a missing person in the region, members of Co Longford Scuba Diving Club are called by the regional co-ordinator to assist with the water search.
“They give of their time freely and work together as a team to provide support. The task is never easy but with a team effort and professional approach they can bring solace to families at such a difficult time,” explained Rose.
Longford divers, as part of the Midlands Search and Recovery team, have participated in body searches in this area as well as nationally.
They helped with the search for the missing crew of Rescue 116 helicopter which was the largest underwater search ever to have taken place in Ireland.
They have also assisted with searches closer to home in Tarmonbarry, Athlone and Carrick-on-Shannon.
From September until April, Co Longford Scuba Diving Club have their pool training on Friday nights in Longford Mall Swimming pool.
From April through to October, they take their training to the open waters both inland in the lakes and rivers and also to the coast in Mayo, Clare and Sligo.
Rose concluded, “This weekend will be our Church Gate Collection, Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25, throughout Co Longford.
“ It is a very important aspect of our annual fundraising and all the proceeds raised go directly to support the costs of the Search and Recovery Unit in Longford. We sincerely appreciate your support for this very worthwhile service that we provide in County Longford and the wider midlands region.”
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