15 Aug 2022

Shock new figures reveal five people rescued from Derry River in less than two weeks

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Foyle Search and Rescue has revealed that there has been a ‘recent surge in incidents’ with five people rescued, one suffering severe injuries, in less than two weeks. Pat Carlin of Foyle Search and Rescue said that there were five people rescued from the River Foyle this month over a 12 day period between July 10 and July 21 and that one person suffered severe injuries. “We had five rescued in 12 days and one of those people suffered severe injuries and were treated by Foyle Search and Rescue and taken to hospital where we believe they are now recovering,” he said. Mr Carlin said that there had been a particular increase in incidents this month but that they had no clear reasoning behind it. “Unfortunately, we don’t know why it’s happening; we don’t know why sometimes there is a sudden spike. Sometimes there are just sudden surges and we don’t understand why this happens. “On the positive side, we have our volunteers who are well trained; that makes all the difference in these situations and we work closely with the Ambulance Service. “Thankfully, in this latest surge, we had five rescues and managed to get all persons out alive.” Foyle Search and Rescue also wished to acknowledge the assistance given to them by members of the public by alerting, intervening or assisting their Duty & Pager Teams. They also acknowledged the work of their colleagues in the Emergency Services for their support and to CCTV operators in the city. Foyle Search and Rescue advise anyone with concerns to contact the PSNI on 999 who will in turn activate their Pager Teams who remain on call 24/7. They added: “In the event of observing a person in the water there are 35 lifebelts now located along the river. On activating the Lifebelt please quote reference on the outside casing, for example, Pappa Bravo, this enables our Teams to respond to an exact location.” Please find below useful contact numbers if you or someone you know is affected by the issues in the article.
* Police (non emergency) 101 * Lifeline (24 hours) 0808 8088000 * Samaritans (24 hours free call) 116 123 * HURT (Monday-Friday 9am-4.30pm) 02871 369696 * Zest (9am-5pm) 02871 266999 * Calms 02871 268698 * Childline (24 hours) 0800 11 11 * CRUSE 02871 262941 * StepChange Debt Charity (helpline) 0800 138 1111 * Altnagelvin Hospital (24 hours) 02871 345171 * Foyle Search and Rescue 02871 313800

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