Launch of Oranmore Maree coastal search unit

A public meeting will be held in the Oranmore Lodge Hotel next Monday March 7 where details of a newly established coastal search unit will be unveiled.

This organisation was established following the recent extensive coastal search which took place over the Christmas period after young NUIG student Michael Bugler 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.

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 be formed.

It is envisaged that this unit would help co-ordinate 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 is inviting members of the public, who may be interested in joining the group, to go along on Monday, March 7 to learn more about the unit, with the intention of joining.

Further details are available from Mike Cummins on 087 3964449, Joe Kennelly on 087 9651498, or Sean Greene on 086 2522486. Find the new organisation on Facebook at Oranmore Maree Coastal Search Unit.

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