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Thursday, 26th March 2020

Rescues and hoax calls for Boyne Fishermen

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The Boyne Fishermen's Rescue and Recovery Service - respond to any call for assistance.

Virus or no virus it’s business as usual for the brave volunteers of the Boyne Fishermen's Rescue and Recovery Service (BFRRS).

They provide a vital service to the community and are ready at the drop of a hat to respond to any call for assistance.

They are very much appreciated and valued by the local community so it is sickening to learn that there are people out there who are prepared to waste time by ringing in hoax calls.

Sadly though, hoax calls are part of life for front line emergency services such as the BFRRS and the last couple of days has been no different.

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Yesterday the BFRRS were called out at lunchtime after they received reports of a person having entered the river Boyne from the Haymarket Bridge.

The inshore rescue boat was launched and a crew was on scene within three minutes of the pagers being activated.

When the rescue boat arrived the casualty was almost fully submerged but Gardaí at the scene were able to point the person out to the rescue crew who took the casualty from the water and commenced CPR while on route to the boathouse.

Thankfully the casualty regained conscious at the boathouse and was transferred to the BFRRS medical room for further treatment then handed over to Drogheda Ambulance Service.

Another great job done by the BFRRS, another life saved. But that’s why they are there. They don’t make a fuss, they just do their job.

This morning at 06.10am the BFRRS emergency paging system was activated after a car was reported to be in the water at Bettystown beach with a person inside.

Three mobile units were immediately dispatched with crew and equipment but, despite searching the whole beach from Mornington to Laytown, nothing was found.

After receiving further information the BFRRS crews discovered it was a hoax call. Not funny.

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