Sunday 25 September 2016

Anton Savage almost toppled off barge carrying Boeing 767 in Enniscrone- ‘I have a long history of making stupid decisions’

Paddy Clancy

Published 09/05/2016 | 10:15

Anton Savage with David McGowan, who transported a Boeing 767 to Enniscrone this weekend
Anton Savage with David McGowan, who transported a Boeing 767 to Enniscrone this weekend

Today FM’s Anton Savage was inches away from taking an impromptu swim in the ocean during a live broadcast last weekend, when he almost toppled off a barge carrying a Boeing 767 to Sligo.

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The presenter was broadcasting from the west throughout the weekend as Sligo funeral director David McGowan attempted to move a Boeing 767 from Shannon Airport to Enniscrone.

Presenting a programme live from the barge, Savage attempted to jump from one vessel to another and was fortunate not to plunge into the ocean below after underestimating the distance, which he said was one of his less dignified moments as the crew pulled him back on board.

“The tug I was coming off and the other boat were in huge swells. So there was a very narrow window to get from one to the other. I may have chosen too narrow a window, so I ended up diving on to the bow rail of the boat. It wasn’t my most dignified moment but I am here.

“I have a long history of making very stupid decisions. But so long as ankles aren’t broken, legs are unscratched, we’re good,” he joked.

The 70-tonne airplane is now at its final resting place in Enniscrone, where it will be transformed into luxury accommodation at Quirky Nights Glamping Village.

The decommissioned Russian Boeing 767 makes its way ashore at Enniscrone Photo: Sean Harrington, Atlantic Towage and Marine
The decommissioned Russian Boeing 767 makes its way ashore at Enniscrone Photo: Sean Harrington, Atlantic Towage and Marine

Thousands of people turned up in Enniscrone on Saturday to watch the airplane travel up onto the shores of Enniscrone, and social media users across the west shared thousands of images of the Plane Sailing mission.

Savage, who has been covering David McGowan’s mission since its outset, revealed that it was “remarkable” to have been a part of something so monumental.

“It was remarkable to be at the centre of a town coming together like that,” he said speaking on his programme this morning.

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