06 Oct 2022

Carlow heroes - Irish Water Safety honours those who saved lives in Carlow

Awards ceremony takes place today

Carlow's lifesaving heroes will be recognised at the Irish Water Safety’s National Awards Ceremony in Dublin Castle today, Wednesday, November 28.

Garda Aidan Kelly

On June 10, at Lannigan Lough, Garda Kelly observed a female in distress in the water. He immediately obtained a ring buoy and entered the river. He proceeded to swim to the other side of the river to reach the female. He managed to support the woman in the water until the rescue boat arrived. The woman made a full recovery.

Béibhinn Keane 

On July 25, 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.

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.”

Long-Service Volunteer Awards will also be presented to 63 volunteers, recognising a combined total of 1,315 years of service teaching swimming, water rescue and survival skills in communities nationwide.
The work of Irish Water Safety’s volunteers in teaching and assessing Lifeguards pays dividends at our waterways every year, reflected in the fact that Lifeguards rescued 331 people from drowning this summer, administered first aid on 4,496 occasions and reunited 329 lost children found wandering unsupervised near water.”

“I appeal to all adults to make themselves more aware of the dangers of drowning”, continued Minister Canney. “It only takes seconds for tragedy to strike and this can so easily be avoided if people learn about the hazards and take personal responsibility for their own safety. I ask that people encourage friends and family to read Irish Water Safety’s guidelines at so that they have the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to avoid becoming a drowning statistic.”

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