Rescue unit set up in the aftermath of Chloe tragedy

Tragic death: Chloe Kinsella
A ‘LAND based’ search and rescue unit has been set up in the aftermath of the tragic death of Limerick teenager Chloe Kinsella, writes Alan Owens.

A ‘LAND based’ search and rescue unit has been set up in the aftermath of the tragic death of Limerick teenager Chloe Kinsella, writes Alan Owens.

Limerick Urban Search And Rescue was founded after a recent meeting of St Munchins Community Centre, a base which was central to the extensive efforts to locate the Kileely teenager.

Volunteers came together and decided to form a committee to manage the unit, after the community voiced a need for such an organisation.

“After a death so close to us and so many other lives that have been lost we felt the need to form a land based search and rescue team,” said Calvin Prendergast.

“We have a lot done and a 12 strong committee was formed under the chair of local resident John Costelloe,” he explained.

“We have started patrols on the banks and woodland on the northside every night which has so far been a success,” he added.

The tragic death of Chloe galvanised the community in Thomondgate and an outpouring of grief followed the discovery of her body after she had been missing for almost a week.

In her funeral mass, Fr Pat Seaver warned of the dangers of “glamourising” her tragic death, with fears for other young people in the community a very real one.

To volunteer for the search and rescue unit, contact 085-8716006 or e-mail LimerickUrbanSearchAndRescue@yahoo.ie. Call the Samaritans on 1850 60 90 90.