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Busy year for river rescue volunteers.

Byline: AOIFE MOORE

A SEARCH and rescue organisation that has saved almost 4,000 lives has seen a marked increase in callouts in 2018.

Foyle Search and Rescue reported a 50% rise in incidents they attended in the past 12 months.

The volunteer-run organisation patrols the 12-mile stretch of the River Foyle in Derry.

This year it has recorded 457 incidents, with men in their 20s and 30s the most common demographic of those helped.

Volunteer Pat Carlin said: "There's a lot of help out there, but there's a lot more that can be done.

"The services there are doing the best they can but they're overstretched and would benefit from more funding."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 29, 2018
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