Creeslough tragedy – cross-border search and rescue effort hailed

The cross-border search and rescue effort following the devastating explosion at a petrol station in County Donegal has been hailed.

Rescue workers from across Northern Ireland joined their Republic of Ireland colleagues in the village of Creeslough on Friday afternoon in a desperate search through the rubble.

These included the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance.

Deputy Fire and Rescue Chief Paul Harper said they had sent their specialist rescue team from Belfast with a Strabane Command Support Unit to the incident, working with other emergency services until in the early hours of Saturday in hopes of rescuing survivors trapped in the rubble. .

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said the solidarity “will be remembered for a long time”.

“We want to pay tribute to all the essential services, those who worked through the night, sometimes in danger, to rescue people and do all they could to comfort people,” he said.

“Our health, fire, gardai emergency services in all areas across the North West, and in particular our colleagues from Northern Ireland, the fire and ambulance service who came voluntarily and very quickly to the aid of those affected by this.

“It will live long in our memories. This solidarity and this sense of strong community between essential services.

That’s being a good neighbor

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson thanked the emergency services and expressed his sympathy to the friends and families of the bereaved.

“We want to extend our thanks to all the emergency services for their efforts to save lives on both sides of the border, including counties Tyrone and Londonderry, who all joined in the rescue efforts,” said he said at the party conference in Belfast on Saturday. afternoon

“That’s being a good neighbor.

“I want to assure the people of Creeslough of our collective prayers, and I want them to know that they will continue to be in our thoughts in the days ahead.”

Brandon D. James