Foynes Search and Rescue Unit
Foynes & District Search and Rescue Unit was setup in 2009 when the need was seen for a rescue unit in Foynes due to the level of activity on the river Shannon. This community in-shore rescue service was set up on a purely voluntary basis.
The Search and Rescue Unit now patrols from Glin to Ringmoylan on the Limerick shore and from Labasheeda in Clare, right up to Shannon Airport. The Unit been very much involved in numerous searches, rescues and recoveries since it was setup.
On request, the Unit also helps other rescue units on the River Shannon including Limerick Search and Rescue, Bunratty Search and Rescue, Ballybunnion Search and Rescue and Kilrush Search and Rescue. Foynes & District Search and Rescue Unit recently held a joint exercise with the above rescue units.
The support from the JP McManus Benevolent Fund:
- Enabled the Unit to replace its D Class Boat’s 6.5 Meter Humber Rib with a 150HP Mercury Engine. This boat will now allow the Unit to be on the river Shannon in very rough conditions;
- Erected new galvanised fencing around the Unit’s base and installed an alarm system.
In 2016, the Unit intends to recruit new members and continue with its training programme. The goal of Foynes & District Search and Rescue Unit is to continue to make a difference in the community through greater awareness and improved safety at sea and on the water. With the help of donations from supporters such as the JP McManus Benevolent Fund, Foynes & District Search and Rescue Unit will continue to see improvements in this area.