LIMERICK Marine Search and Rescue, who are currently searching for two missing students, have expressed anger at receiving a hoax call this week.
The service’s public relations officer has condemned the actions of a person who telephoned in a bogus alert that a woman had jumped into the River Shannon on Monday night.
Emergency services attached to Marine Search and Rescue, the gardai, Limerick Fire Service, and the coast guard rescue helicopter attended the scene.
It is believed the call was made by a male at around 7.05pm on Monday night.
Peter Hogan, PRO with Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, also a trained underwater rescue diver, said the call was a “disgrace”.
“This is all we needed. It’s a disgrace: we are currently searching for two other missing students and our resources are stretched,” he said.
“It’s a complete waste of our resources and the rescue helicopter was also brought in, and all that costs a lot of money,” he added.
Specially trained Swift Water Technicians (SRTs) from Limerick Fire Service were also dispatched to the scene.
Search crews believed they were searching for a young woman who had jumped from Sarsfield Bridge into the River Shannon.
Two students - Mark Casey, 19, and Steven Kavanagh, 21, remain missing.
The president of Limerick Institute of Technology says the thoughts and prayers of everyone associated with the college are with the family and friends of missing student Steven.
The 21-year-old from Clonlara was last seen at around 2.30am last Thursday and land and water searches for him are continuing.
“Steven, who is vice-president of our LIT Students’ Union, is an immensely popular student at LIT. In his four years at LIT Stephen has made a huge impact on the institute and his fellow students, who are actively involved in the search for him both on the ground and through their efforts to raise awareness of his disappearance across social media platforms,” said LIT president Maria Hinfelaar.
Separately, dozens of people have joined the search for a second student who has not been seen since before the weekend.
Tullamore native Mark Casey, 19, was last seen leaving Angel Lane nightclub at Robert Street at around 1.30am on Friday.
Mark, who is a student at NUIG is described as being 5’7” in height, of normal complexion with brown hair and hazel eyes. When last seen he was wearing grey Chino pants, a dark coloured T-shirt with a grey collar.
Gardai say while searches were conducted around the UL Campus at the weekend, the focus of the searches has since returned to the city centre and the Cornmarket area in particular.
Friends and relatives of the teenager have travelled to Limerick from Offaly and Galway to help with the searches,
Anybody with information on the whereabouts of either Mark Casey or Steven Kavanagh are asked to contact Henry Street garda station at (061) 212400