'Just in Time' award for heroine in dramatic Carlow river rescue

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River Barrow in Carlow Town

A teenager who saved her aunt from drowning in a remarkable rescue from the River Barrow in Carlow is to honoured.

On the 25th of July at the River Barrow, Bébhinn was alerted that her aunt had gotten into difficulty in the water.

Bébhinn entered the water and swam quickly towards her aunt. Upon reaching her aunt, Bébhinn called out to another person to call emergency services. 

She held onto her aunt which gripping the river bank for some time. Béibinn continued to reassure her Aunt as she drifted in and out of consciousness.

Meanwhile, she called to her cousin to carefully enter the water and place an inflated lifejacket on her Aunt. She then placed her aunt onto her back and proceeded to bring her to the top of the river where the ambulance crew were waiting. Her aunt managed to reach up and grab the hands of ambulance crew and they pulled her out of the water to safety with the help of a lifeguard.

She made a full recovery.

Bébhinn will be among a group of heroes who saved 36 lives were saved from drowning and who will receive recognition at Irish Water Safety’s National Awards Ceremony at the Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle on Wednesday.

Mr Seán Canney TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural & Community Development will present the “Seiko Just in Time Rescue Award” to the rescuers in appreciation for saving so many lives. ‘It is an honour to pay tribute to these courageous recipients. Tragically an average of 127 people drown in Ireland every year and although that’s 127 too many, the figure would be even higher but for the dramatic efforts of these individuals who saved others from drowning and the ongoing work of Irish Water Safety volunteers teaching swimming and water rescue skills.”