Three gardaí save drowning man in Galway Corrib

Three Gardaí are being commended for their heroic efforts in saving a man’s life after he fell into the Corrib canal in Galway.

The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon, February 11, 2020 when a man fell into the icy waters of the Corrib canal at O’Brien’s Bridge, Galway.

Garda Kevin Molyneaux, Garda Jonathan Durkin and Sergeant Gearóid O Dúinn were quick to react when they received a report that a man had fallen in.

Arriving at the scene, they could see a man struggling in the water. Members of the public had got a lifebuoy to the young man but were having difficulty in retrieving him from the water.

Garda Molyneaux, Garda Durkin and Sergeant O Dúinn went to the brink of the canal where they were able to catch hold of the man, bringing him to safety.

The young man was taken to University Hospital Galway where he received treatment for hypothermia and minor injuries.

Gardaí said the weather conditions at the time were hazardous and there is no doubt the quick actions of the gardaí and others at the scene it led to a positive outcome.

Superintendent Marie Skehill of Galway Garda Station said, “The members involved are to be commended for their selfless actions and prompt response which lead to the successful rescue of this young man”.

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