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Justice Minister announces vital funding for voluntary search and rescue groups

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6TH AUGUST 2015 Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia..Community Search and rescue teams search near Articlave in Co Londonderry for missing man Norman Galbraith on Thursday afternoon he was last seen at his home at Queens Avenue, Ballymoney, on the evening of Friday 31 July. Detective Inspector Alan Pyper said: “A wallet belonging to Mr Galbraith was also found last night on the Burnquarter Road, outside of Ballymoney, therefore I would ask anyone who believes that they may have seen this man in that area since Friday evening to please contact local police on the 101 number, giving the reference number 1123 of 1 August. As well, police are currently making enquiries into a possible sighting on Saturday 2 August in the Coleraine area.“Mr Galbraith is described as being of a small, thin build with grey hair. When last seen he was wearing a navy fleece, navy tracksuit bottoms and black shoes. He normally takes medication for high blood pressure and is thought to have injured his head in an unrelated incident several days before he was last seen.“Mr Galbraith is originally from the Castlerock area. Again I would ask anyone in the Ballymoney area, Coleraine area, Castlerock area or anywhere nearby to check any outbuildings or sheds in case Mr Galbraith sought shelter in them.”PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
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Justice Minister Naomi Long has announced £100,000 funding for voluntary Search and Rescue groups in Northern Ireland.

The voluntary search and rescue groups deliver assistance to the emergency services and directly to the community. They provide lifesaving search and rescue on inland waterways, mountains and caves. They also provide a specialist search dog facility and support civil aviation with a sky watch service.

Naomi Long said: “This vital funding will assist the voluntary search and rescue teams and their dedicated highly trained volunteers, to continue with their lifesaving response.

“I recognise and fully appreciate the contribution made by the voluntary search and rescue groups in supporting PSNI and Maritime and Coastguard Agency in responding to those in need of assistance. I am pleased to confirm the 2020/21 funding which supports and assists organisations and their volunteers by enabling them to purchase much needed safety equipment or help towards the cost of transport and training. I want to acknowledge the continued commitment of the voluntary search and rescue organisations during the current Covid-19 crisis.”

Minister Long also acknowledged the generosity of the public in providing support to the search and rescue sector: “Throughout Northern Ireland the public generously supports search and rescue groups, these donations also help fund much needed equipment or support. Without such donations and support these groups would not be as well equipped to assist those who need it most.”

This £100,000 resource funding is an increase of approximately £15,000 from the funding available in 2019/20.



Community Rescue Service


Irish Cave Rescue Organisation


Lagan Search and Rescue


Lough Neagh Rescue


Mourne Mountain Rescue Team


North West Mountain Rescue Team


Search and Rescue Dog Association IN


Sky Watch Civil Air Patrol NI




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