Dundalk Sub Aqua wade in to help local residents

Dundalk Sub Aqua wade in to help local residents
The Dundalk Sub Aqua have been praised by residents on the Ardee Road as the crew came to the aid of local residents during the recent flooding.

The Dundalk Sub Aqua have been praised by residents on the Ardee Road as the crew came to the aid of local residents during the recent flooding.

The Louth County Fire Service sought the help of the Sub Aqua to help assist local residents who were affected by the flooding.

The Sub Aqua crew took the club’s shallow boat to the Ardee Road to help local residents who wanted to be brought through the floods to their homes.

The team were on standby to assist residents in Mounthamilton and surrounding areas.

Five members of the club were on duty to assit local residents

Margaret McCarthy, PRO of the Sub Aqua, said that the club is involved in all aspects of the community.

“We are available to help everybody,” Margaret told the Dundalk Democrat.

“We are not just available for search and rescue. We are a very active club throughout the whole area.“We help the community in instances like flooding, rescue animals from rivers and run training courses.

“All the work we do is voluntarily and we have great members to offer their time.

”The Dundalk Sub Aqua was founded in 2001 by a number of experienced local divers who joined together to pool their knowledge of local and national dive sites.

The club is affiliated to the Irish Underwater Council and currently has fifty members.

While most of the members are active divers, others help out with the administration and running of the club.

Some of the clubs members have been diving for up to 25 years

The crews can often be seen on the shores of Greenore or the entrance to Carlingford Lough preparing to launch boats for a dive.

Because the area is extremely tidal and has dangerous currents, the dives are carefully planned to ensure a safe and comfortable dive.

The club also travel further afield to dive sites in Donegal, Hook Head and Rathlin island and holiday to Malta, Spain and Croatia.

Anybody interested in joining Dundalk Sub Aqua can contact the club by emailing info@dundalksubaqua.ie