A public meeting will be held in the Oranmore Lodge Hotel on Monday, 7 March, at 8pm, where details of a newly established Coastal Search Unit will be unveiled and interested members of the public will be encouraged to join.
This organisation was established following the recent extensive coastal search which took place over the Christmas period after a young NUI Galway student was reported missing. During that time, Oranmore became the central location, where members of An Garda Siochana, Galway Lifeboat and Galway Civil Defence were joined each day by several hundred volunteers, some local to the area, while others travelled significant distances.
What unfolded was quite unique, and it is now widely acknowledged that the level of care and support offered to the family and to those involved in the search along with the professional search operation which took place was unprecedented.
Following on from that, a number of local volunteers met informally and it was proposed that a voluntary search unit would be formed. It is envisaged that this unit would help coordinate future searches and provide a caring, pastoral, professional and safe approach. Members of An Garda Siochana, Civil Defence and Galway Lifeboat also welcome this initiative and have committed to supporting its establishment and development in every way. As a result, the Oranmore Maree Coastal Search Unit is now established, and subsequently they are inviting members of the public who might be interested in joining the group to come along on Monday to learn more about the unit, with the intention of joining.
Further details can be had from Mike Cummins on (087)3964449, Joe Kennelly on (087)9651498, Sean Greene on 086 2522486 or check out Facebook; Oranmore Maree Coastal Search Unit.
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