Waterford rescuers step in as woman contemplates suicide at quay railings

Justin Kelly

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Waterford rescuers step in as woman contemplates suicide at quay railings

Waterford rescuers step in as woman contemplates suicide at quay railings

A group of Waterford rescuers were forced to step in and engage with a distressed woman contemplating suicide on the quay in the city over the weekend.

At approximately 2:20am on Sunday morning, during the course of a Suicide Prevention Patrol, a Waterford Marine Search and Rescue boat crew noticed a female alone at the railings along the quayside.

Their foot team approached the woman and tried to engage with her. They reported on social media that "she was a little distressed," but after a few minutes "she began to speak to volunteers."

She indicated to them that she was contemplating taking her own life by entering the water. The Waterford Marine Search and Rescue volunteers contacted Waterford Gardaí, who approached the scene.

Having spoken to the woman for over 15 minutes, Gardaí requested an ambulance to attend, before subsequently deciding to transfer the person to the hospital themselves with the woman agreeing.

With that incident completed and Waterford Marine Search and Rescue crews stood down at 3:10am. They expressed their hope that the female would get the help and support she needs. 

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