Search Training takes Place

On Sunday morning last a fast flowing river Blackwater was the perfect venue for the search unit to complete a periodic search and recovery training exercise and it was great to see such a large turn out for the event.
Over a busy few hours a  number of varying different types of swim lines searches were practiced; where a group of 3 to 4 divers work as a team while having a rope link between them and radio communications from the divers to the surface support on the riverbank.
While this sounds quite straight forward; the reality is to become an accomplished search diver in these patterns in fast flowing water is a hard earned skill and one which a lot of divers never get to master; but a technique that we use extensively very often within the search unit for recovery operations.
After a tough few hours, a thorough debrief was held by search unit officer David Carey as these exercises ensure the search teams skills are sharp when on operations. Thanks to everyone who turned out on the day and took part.
 Search divers on a training exercise in Fermoy last weekend (from left to right) Olan O Farrell, Graham Burke, Peter Whelan, Gearoid O Looney, Matt Culloty, Eamonn O Herlihy, Noel Hayes, Elden Keegan, Maurice Carroll, Timmy Carey, Dick Vaughan, Alex Brown, Eugene Whelan and David Carey