ABOUT DROGHEDA RIVER RESCUE
Drogheda river rescue and recovery service is a voluntary rescue group based in Horselane, Trinity Street, Drogheda, we are a registered charity who provide a search and recovery service along the River Boyne, we also engage a suicide prevention patrol at weekends, we provide event cover both locally and nationally and are willing to assist in any search operations nationwide.
Drogheda river rescue and recovery service was founded in 1972, the voluntary rescue committee was set up after the tragic drowning of a young child in the River Boyne. An intensive fundraising campaign was mounted and by the end of May of that year £900 had been collected, thanks to the generosity of all concerned a 13ft dory boat was purchased on whit Sunday it was proudly put on display on west street. The boat was initially stored in a shed up until the committee along with support of many local people and Drogheda borough council acquired the premises were the Rescue boathouse is at the moment at Horselane.
Other founding members include, Patrick Foley the first chairman and a Mayor of Drogheda, Garda Pat Lamb the dive officer and Frank Godfrey also a Mayor of Drogheda, after a number of years we purchased a lot of boats that served us well, but the boats we will not forget are the 5.4 Avon Sea rider, two x RNLI D-class boats(one renamed Tommy Campbell) and the dive unit was renamed The Paul Carvin Boat, The 5.4 Avon Sea rider was renamed the ‘Paddy Morrissey’ and has since been on countless rescues in local waters and responsible for many recoveries. Paddy Morrissey, after whom the boat was named, was a Garda stationed in Collon and member of DRR&RS in the 1980s. He was the training officer for the divers and also a founding member of the Garda Sub Aqua Unit. The Paddy Morrissey boat was the biggest boat we had in service and it was a big loss when the boat was written off during a call-out in November 2003, Since then we operate 2 D-Class boats.
In 2010 we started our Patrol Service around the town and also received the keys to our newly refurbished boathouse in Horselane in 2011. Since then we have been involved in many searches and festivals around the town and further afield.
In 2014 one of our members received the Mayoral award for helping save 2 people’s lives. In 2015 we were donated a car for our suicide patrols between Jack Doran motors and ESB electric. In 2017 we purchased brand new dry suits and life vests and started our pathway on the governance code, and also registered with Irish water safety, in 2018 we updated our 4×4 vehicle again thanks to Jack Doran Motors and ESB Ireland.
In 2020 due to coved 19, we started operating our assistance to the community by delivering food/medication/PPE/prescriptions etc., while still maintaining our 24/7 call out service. We also enlisted with Louth PPN and Louth volunteer centre.