By BRIAN MOORE
THE Irish Coast Guard Service has a new, highly trained, and dedicated crew to add to its ranks.
At a ceremony in Schull last week, officials from the Irish Coast Guard Service, including the director of operations, Eugene Clonan, were on hand to formally integrate the Schull Community Inshore Rescue Service (SCIRS) into the national organisation tasked with keeping the coastline safe.
‘This is a momentous occasion, not only for the community here in Schull, but for the entire Mizen peninsula,’ one of the SCIRS founding members Ger Prenderville told those gathered at the Schull Harbour Hotel. ‘Since 2005, we have provided this area with an inshore rescue service, all as volunteers and it was thanks to the support and generosity of this community that we are here today.’
The new officer commanding the Irish Coast Guard Schull unit is Denis O’Regan.
‘I have served with the SCIRS since 2006 and I can say that I’ve had a good crew of volunteers with me every step of the way,’ Denis said. ‘This crew’s dedication, as volunteers, is second to none and we look forward to the challenge ahead as part of the Irish Coast Guard Service and will strive to guarantee a good Schull search and rescue team.’
Coast Guard director of operations, Eugene Clonan, welcomed the new crew and members to the Coast Guard.