A BUSY YEAR FOR CCMPSAR
This week has seen CORK CITY MISSING PERSONS SEARCH AND RECOVERY respond to another multi agency search in the Castlelyons area of North Cork. Since January this year C.C.M.P.S.A.R along with other agencies have been tasked by Fermoy Gardaí to three separate searches for missing and/or vulnerable people in the North Cork District. The early intervention and timely tasking by Án Garda Siochána has resulted in the saving of four lives. In any search the first 8 hours are critical in any search. Within this time it is crucial to get as many experienced and trained search units to a search location to methodically knock out high and low risk areas.
This year has been one of our busiest years since 2017 within Cork City and surrounding areas. We have been tasked by Án Garda Siochána and Coast Guard to a total of 7 other searches in the greater Cork area. These searches have ranged from large scale land based searches to complex river searches including diving, side scan and Remotely operated vehicle operation by ourselves. This has resulted in a total of six loved ones being returned to their families by C.C.M.P.S.A.R and/or other agencies.
This summer has also seen our first large scale rescue. Over the summer while assisting in a dragon boat race saw members of C.C.M.P.S.A.R rescue 17 rowers when their dragon boat struck the quay wall and capsized. Good planning and training by the organizers and C.C.M.P.S.A.R saw all 17 persons being returned to shore for medical treatment within 5 minutes of the capsize.
All the above could not be done without the unwavering dedication of the volunteers within C.C.M.P.S.A.R and other volunteer agencies. Who at the drop of a hat, drop everything and respond to the calls from the statutory services. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us through the years with well wishes and donations, without which would make our job a lot hard if not impossible.