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Blackwater Search and Rescue unit is based in Fermoy, Co Cork and has been involved in search and rescue and search and recovery operation in the Blackwater Valley, and coastal communities since 1981. The unit consits of 24 divers and support personnel, all giving freely of their time and equipment. All expenses incurred by the unit whether in searches or training are covered by the individuals involved, and most use personal leave from work during these operations.

The work of the unit varies from providing rescue cover for water based events, to rescuing stranded domestic and farm animals to the grimmer task of recovery of missing persons from local waterways. Since the units inception, it has been involved in close on 110 rescue/recoveries in the locality. Local waterways are normally cold with low to nil visibility and due to this each of the unit’s members are trained to the highest standards.  Indeed the standards used by dive clubs throughout Ireland and U.k are in no small part due to the courses developed by our Club Instructors. We in Blackwater are responsible for the Training of many of the units throughout the country.
Along with setting benchmark standards in Training, we pride ourselves in having equipment of the highest standard.The recover a missing person in a timely manner, is paramount. and equipment needs constant maintenance or replacement. Sadly our job is often to bring the missing home.
Funding our club is difficult, the usual, bag packs, church gate collections and flag days, are our main source of income. We receive no government funding, although we are called to support the Gardai and Coastguard. After many years of funding, we are about to purchase a vital piece of equipment. A side scan sonar. Next on the list are search lighting, but the next big project is to replacement of our search and recovery rib, now nearing end of its life.






search and recovery

    One of our Search Divers in Full Face Mask recent training exercise.       S & R  Officer David Carey