In follow on to our previous article https://galwaycivildefence.com/multi-agency-search/ our members have participated in a total of 6 missing person searches at the request of An Garda Síochána and the Coast Guard. These ops have been crewed by our volunteers from the Ballinasloe, Galway City and Oranmore units.
Below is a breakdown of areas covered and assets used.
Our IAA Certified Unmanned Aerial System (Drone) Pilots have recorded approx. 64 hours of flight time since the 20th of December 2020. While this may not sound like a lot, the cumulative distance that has been recorded since the initial tasking is 297.87km over ground.
That equates to a straight line distance from Galway City to Hollyhead in WALES!!!
The members of both of our units that maintain Rescue Boats (Galway & Ballinasloe) have logged 19 outings with an average voyage duration of 2.4 hours. With a mandatory crew of 3 that equates to 136.8 active search hours with our boats often pairing up with the Costello Bay D-class, IRCG.
We were joined by members of Mayo Civil Defence who answered our request for Mutual Aid in searching the Rive Corrib with their Side Scan Sonar. This is a useful asset for detecting objects that may be suspended in the water or on the river/sea bed. It takes great training and skill to interpret the data being displayed as in the image below.
Our two boat crews were also using their Multi Mode Garmin sonar system both on the River Corrib and in Galway Bay.
First Use of What3Words
This was our first time trying an alternative outdoor location software called What3Words. We used it to mark boundary points, access points and points of interest. To test it or find your location click HERE
What is what3words?
They divided the world into 3 metre squares and gave each square a unique combination of three words. It’s the easiest way to find and share exact locations. To find out more visit https://what3words.com/about