Incident 07/09/15 -Person Reported in the water - 020/15

At 21.03 hrs yesterday evening Monday (7th September) the emergency paging system for the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery Service was activated reporting a person had entered the river Boyne in the vicinity of the Bridge of peace in Drogheda.


Our team quickly assembled at the boathouse on the Marsh Road, where our mobile units and an inshore rescue boat were dispatched to the scene.


On arrival of the land crew they observed that a member of the public was also in the water with the casualty and had thrown a life ring to keep the casualty afloat. Immediately a rescue swimmer entered the water to secure the casualty and brought the casualty to the river’s edge while waiting for the arrival of the boat crew.


The casualty was assessed by the boat crew where it was agreed to transport  the casualty to the horse lane slipway for immediate medical attention, while the casualty was been transported the Drogheda Coast Guard boat transported the rescue swimmer and member of the public back to the horse lane slipway.


On arrival to the slipway  B.F.R.R.S members with the help of Drogheda Coast spinal immobilised the casualty and handed over to the awaiting NAS ambulance where the casualty was taken to our lady of Lourdes hospital  in Drogheda for further medical treatment.


On scene at today’s incident along with the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery Service were The National Ambulance Service, Drogheda Coast Guard and Drogheda Gardai.


The Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery Service units returned to their Marsh Road Base at 21.45 hrs Cleaned and re-staged their equipment to have it ready for the next call out.


This is a good example of how combined agencies working together can achieve the most efficient response and outcome for the casualty.