Forty seven brave rescuers were honored yesterday afternoon at the annual Irish Water Safety’s National Awards Ceremony. The event was held in the Printworks Conference Centre in Dublin Castle and people from all different backgrounds including gardaí, sea scouts, walkers, body boarders and members of the Irish Naval Service were recognised for their brave actions.
The afternoon celebrated these heroes who collectively saved a total of 32 lives. Their stories were recalled including that of Emily Duggan an 8 year old from Laois who saved her 5 year brother with the aid of a hurley who was sinking in a septic tank. Other stories included four teens rescued by a group of bodyboarders at Bundoran, Co. Donegal and the Davitt Walsh who rescued the baby from the car at the tragedy at Buncrana pier.
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Minister Simon Coveney who was there to present the awards said ‘I am delighted to be involved in this year’s Irish Water Safety Awards Ceremony. It is an issue that I care deeply about and it is an honour to pay tribute to the courageous and deserving award winners.’
On average around 133 people drown each year in Ireland Chairman from Irish Water Safety Martin O’Sullivan stressed that “complacency around aquatic environments is simply not an option”. We all need to remain vigilant on and around water. All adults should be aware of the dangers and take responsibility for their own safety by reading up on Irish Water Safety’s guidelines so that they have the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to avoid unnecessary disaster.
Members of the Irish Naval Service also received rescue awards for saving thousands of migrants on humanitarian missions in the Mediterranean. And Long-Service Awards were presented to recognising 1,510 years of personal service of 82 Irish Water Safety volunteers for teaching swimming, rescue and water survival skills in communities nationwide.