Back in the water - pontoon returns

Work is ongoing at the Foyle Search and Rescue base in Prehen where the pontoon is being reinstated on the water.  15103Ap2

Work is ongoing at the Foyle Search and Rescue base in Prehen where the pontoon is being reinstated on the water. 15103Ap2

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Foyle Search and Rescue says its £50,000 pontoon on the River Foyle - which was destroyed by ice more than a year ago - should be fully operational within days.

The river rescue charity’s pontoon at Prehen was destroyed by packed ice during harsh winter weather in December 2010.

Large floes of ice drifting on the river crushed the ballast tanks which support the landing facility.

The loss of the pontoon - which allows rescue teams to launch boats from the Waterside - meant the charity could only launch craft from the pontoon located to the rear of Derry City Council’s headquarters.

Now, however, thanks to funding, the Prehen landing station will be up and running within days.

A spokesperson for Foyle Search and Rescue said: “The reinstatement of the pontoon at Prehen will be invaluable to our response times. It is great news to have it back in action.”