‘If some­one was drown­ing, we could not have launched’

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MEM­BERS of Grey­stones Coast­guard were un­able to launch their boat on Sun­day due to cars parked in such a way as to pre­vent them ac­cess­ing the slip­way.

Der­mot McCauley of Grey­stones Coast­guard said that mo­torists had parked in­con­sid­er­ately.

‘When you come into the har­bour to drive down, there’s a line across the road which says “stop” be­fore turn­ing left or right. Peo­ple park right across it, ef­fec­tively block­ing ac­cess into the har­bour,’ he said.

Der­mot said that there are two slip­ways and both were com­pletely blocked.

‘It’s an on­go­ing prob­lem and no­body seems to want to take re­spon­si­bil­ity.’

He said that the gar­daí say that the area is pri­vate prop­erty.

‘I got on to the har­bour of­fice on Sun­day, they said it’s not their re­spon­si­bil­ity. Wick­low County Coun­cil say it’s the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the har­bour mas­ter. The gar­daí said it’s pri­vate prop­erty. It’s a bit of a quag­mire, I’ve thought about it and don’t know what the an­swer is,’ Der­mot said.

Mem­bers of the Coast­guard are ap­peal­ing to peo­ple to think care­fully about where they are park­ing.

‘If there was some­one drown­ing at 4 p.m. on Sun­day, we could not have launched our boat,’ said Der­mot.

The Grey­stones crew had been asked to do wa­ter safety at a swim in Wick­low that day.

‘It’s a very se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion,’ said Der­mot, who in­tends to write to the coun­cil and BJ Ma­rina about the mat­ter.

‘Un­til peo­ple get fined or in­con­ve­nienced they’ll keep do­ing it,’ he said. ‘On a busy Sun­day like that, we wouldn’t be ef­fec­tive and wouldn’t be able to op­er­ate, be­yond a shadow of a doubt.’

( photo: Grey­stones Coast Guard).

Parked cars block­ing ac­cess to the slip­way at Grey­stones Har­bour on Sun­day af­ter­noon

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