Sunday 24 September 2017

Teenagers hailed as heroes after saving drowning girl's life

Shelomith Freeman
Shelomith Freeman
David Grant, Ben Graham and Alex May at Balbriggan Harbour

Elaine Keogh

THREE teenage boys have been hailed as heroes after they rescued a teenage girl who was drowning.

The three 14-year-olds pulled Shelomith Freeman (13) from the water in Balbriggan Harbour, north Dublin, after she got into difficulty while swimming with friends.

"If it wasn't for their quick thinking and actions it could have been a very different story," said a spokesperson for Skerries Coast Guard.

Shelomith remains in intensive care in Temple Street Children's Hospital.

Yesterday, her mum, Jennifer, gave heartfelt thanks to the three teenagers.

"If it was not for them she could have died. They have saved her life. I thank them and God bless them, I hope they have a wonderful and great future."

One of the three who went to her rescue was David Grant, who said that he and his friends Alex May and Ben Graham had spent last Wednesday, "lying in the sun and jumping off the pier in Balbriggan as we usually do on a sunny day".

"We saw a group of girls shouting up to us that their friend was drowning. I just jumped in and went over to her. She was unconscious and lying down in the water. I grabbed her and began to bring her over to the steps," said David.

Alex jumped in after him and the two boys held her up out of the water as they swam 20 metres to the pier wall.

A local fisherman provided a harness to help lift her up on to the pier and then Ben did compressions to revive her.

Irish Independent

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