Oranmore to host first meeting of new volunteer coastal search unit

Galway Bay fm newsroom – The first public meeting of a new volunteer coastal search unit for the Oranmore-Maree area will take place in Oranmore tonight.
The unit has been setup in the wake of the search for NUI Galway student Michael Bugler, which saw hundreds of volunteers cover 30km of coastline following his disappearance on December 18th.
The body of the 20 year old law student was recovered from the water near Oranmore in early January following three weeks of searches.
Secretary of the volunteer unit, Joe Kennelly, says health and safety is a major concern during such searches, which involve difficult and often treacherous terrain.
He says the coastline from Salthill to Oranmore-Maree will now be divided into nine search zones with the assistance of the Gardai, Civil Defense and the RNLI.
A public meeting on the Oranmore-Maree Coastal Search Unit will take place at the Oranmore Lodge Hotel tonight at 8.
Speaking to Keith Finnegan, Joe Kennelly says there’s a role for everyone who wants to volunteer for the new unit.