07 Aug 2022

Foyle Search and Rescue commend member of public who rescued person from river last night and reveal a shocking 60 incidents in July

Foyle Search and Rescue have commended a member of the public who jumped in after a person in distress in the River Foyle, getting them to shore where CPR was performed. A spokesperson for Foyle Search and Rescue said: "At 18:58hrs on Thursday 2/8/18 Foyle Search & Rescues Emergency Response Teams were activated by the PSNI to reports of a person having entered the water. "Mobile Units, Land and Pager crews all responded. En route we were advised that a member of the public had entered the water and brought the person to shore where bystander CPR was in progress. "Foyle Search & Rescue Emergency First Responders arriving on scene immediately proceeded to assist NIAS Paramedics & NIFRS personell in administering CPR & medical treatment to a male. The patient was then transferred to an awaiting Ambulance under the care of NIAS Paramedics accompanied by an FSR Emergency First Responder en route to Altnagelvin hospital. "Foyle Search & Rescue would like to thank ALL members of the Public who helped in any way. Special recognition to the person who entered the water and those who administered bystander CPR on shore prior to the arrival of the emergency services. "Foyle Search & Rescue believe we have been able to contact everyone directly involved in tonight's traumatic incident and that you have a contact number should you wish to speak to someone 24/7. "Should you have witnessed this incident please don't hesitate to contact our office tomorrow on 02871313800 where you can speak to someone. Appreciation to CCTV, PSNI, NIAS, NIFRS and the members of the Public who intervened and activated two lifebelts in the vicinity." Meanwhile, this week Foyle Search and Rescue also revealed there were a staggering 60 incidents during the month of July where 11 people were people were rescued from the river and 22 people were brought back from the railings or river's edge. There were also 26 people who were in distress and dealt with immediately and taken to a place of Safety. Unfortunately, Foyle Search and Rescue volunteers also completed the sad task of a body recovery in July. A Foyle Search and Rescue (FSR) spokesperson said: "Foyle Search & Rescue volunteers carry out duties on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. "They are supported by an Emergency Response Team who remain on call 365 days of the year. FSR teams maintain the Charities main aim of the Preservation of life via prevention, intervention and post intervention. "Conducting Patrols & providing Awareness via presentations to varied Groups in and outside of our local community as we have done for 25 years. "FSR would like to thank the public and our Community for the support shown to us and for your kind remarks passed to our volunteers while carrying out their varied roles. "Lastly Thank You to all of our volunteers who carry out their duties with professionalism, dignity and dedication week in week out." Image above courtesy of Tyler Collins

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