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Monday 21 August 2017

Hero reunited with girl he rescued from pond in 1966

Martin Coffey a few hours before he jumped in to the pond. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Martin Coffey a few hours before he jumped in to the pond. Photo: Douglas O'Connor

Ian Begley

A little girl who almost drowned in St Stephen's Green, Dublin, has finally been reunited with the hero that saved her, 51 years later.

Anne Byrne, from Sheriff Street, was just three years old when she and her siblings visited the Dublin park in July, 1966.

Ms Byrne fell into the water in the duck pond and floated out beyond reach.

Luckily, 15-year-old Martin Coffey, from Cabra West, Dublin, noticed the commotion and jumped into the water to rescue her.

Mr Coffey, now aged 64, said he gave Ms Byrne the kiss of life, reviving her almost immediately.

Now, 51 years later, the Irish Independent has captured the moment when the two reunited for the first time after getting in touch on Facebook.

Martin Coffey and Anne Byrne at St Stephen’s Green pond yesterday. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
Martin Coffey and Anne Byrne at St Stephen’s Green pond yesterday. Photo: Douglas O’Connor

"I've grown up being forever grateful to this person who saved me even though I had no idea who he was. I'm so happy to finally be able to thank Martin personally," she said.

Irish Independent

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