THE two young Fermoy men who risked their own safety to rescue a woman from the freezing Waters of the River Blackwater at 2am in the morning of Saturday December 15th last, are certainly entitled to be commended.
In the words of local councillor Noel McCarthy "they averted what would otherwise have been another terrible tragedy".
The young men involved are both very modest about their encounters; they are Mark O'Flynn (21) who was working in his father's premises the Avondhu Bar in Brian Boro Square at the time, and Leon Jones (19) of Crann Ard, who was walking home at the time and from the Bridge he spotted the woman in the waters below him.
Mark was alerted by his father Richie, who was outside the Avondhu cleaning up litter from outside his premises, when apparently he was approached by a woman who signalled to him of her intention to enter the water,
Mark immediately rushed to the riverside and waded into the freezing waters to her aid and he was quickly joined by Leon and together they managed to get her to safety.
The Fermoy gardai were quickly on the scene and the lady was well looked after.
The two lads, soaked and freezing were none the worse for their ordeal. Mark, who is a well known Fermoy hurler and footballer was back in training, none the worse for wear a few nights later. Just shows that our youth are great especially when the need is greatest!