Saturday, 22nd September 2018
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Helvick Head RNLI Lifeboat will be hosting a multi-agency exercise on Saturday 30 June 2018 commencing at 4:00 pm. It will be the largest exercise ever organised by Helvick Head RNLI, involving the joint services of Helvick Head RNLI and Youghal RNLI, the Irish Coast Guard, Bunmahon Community Rescue Boat and the Civil Defence, all coming together to practise their skills in a complex combined exercise.

The exercise will take place in the environs of Helvick Head with part of the action taking place at sea and some on land. The emergency personnel participating will be briefed on multiple scenarios which will require the services to engage in joint rescue activities.

While the public are welcome to come and observe the exercise, there will be traffic and parking restrictions in place, and anyone attending is asked to obey all marshals and to take care.

The exercise will involve approximately 70 emergency personnel from the following services:

- RNLI Helvick Head,

- RNLI Youghal,

- Irish Coast Guard (including local units from Ardmore, Bunmahon and Dunmore East),

- Bunmahon Community Rescue Boat,

- Civil Defence,

- Garda Síochána and other volunteers.

Helvick Head RNLI Lifeboat Operations Committee member Cathal Reilly commented on the exercise saying "This exercise has been in planning for some time, and we are delighted that it can now go ahead. Each agency involved takes its responsibilities very seriously, and practices for a range of potential scenarios, but opportunities to practice joint rescues in complex situations, particularly at sea, are few."

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