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This is what the SAR Helicopter means to the Southeast

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Kayaker rescued off Wexford coast

A man who was reported missing while kayaking off the coast of Co Wexford has been rescued by helicopter this evening.

The Waterford Rescue Helicopter rescued the man, who had been missing for a number of hours, off Slade, Co Wexford.

He has been transferred to Waterford Regional Hospital.


After the alarm was raised earlier today, lifeboats from Dunmore East, Fethard and Kilmore Quay were launched to search for the man.

The helicopter assisted in the search with some local fishing vessels. The LÉ Orla arrived on scene as well to assist.

Southeast SAR Helicopter

Southeast SAR Helicopter

To think that a government would risk doing away with this service, potentially costing so many lives for a measly saving of €1M per year – beggars belief! Thankfully it has also been announced that the service will be kept at Waterford rather than scaled back as originally suggested by the government. This is a huge relief to everyone living in the Southeast as we all have to look after each other down here – there’s little support from elsewhere.

Posted via web from jbwan’s posterous

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