Monday 15 September 2014

Cool-headed Craig gets award for river rescue

Published 18/12/2013 | 05:28

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Craig Reay receives a Seiko ‘Just In Time’ award while Pat O’Shaughnessy from LMFM receives a Media Appreciation award from Minister Fergus O’Dowd and Breda Collins, Irish Water Safety Chairperson.

A DROGHEDA man has been honoured for helping to save a drowning victim.

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Craig Reay received a Seiko Just In Time award for his bravery after spotting a man struggling in the river Boyne.

Earlier this year, Craig was walking along Wellington Quay when he heard splashing in the water under the bridge. Seeing a man in difficulty in the water he ran to get a lifebuoy, threw it in and managed to reach the man. However, as Craig was pulling the man in, the rope snapped. Craig kept a cool head, ran to fetch a second lifebuoy, threw it, secured the man and called the emergency services.

Minister Fergus O'Dowd was on hand to present the special award at a ceremony in Dublin.

'Thanks to these selfless acts, the man was pulled to safety by both Craig and two gardaí and made a full recovery. Craig fully deserves to be honoured for this act, which contributed to the saving of a life,' he stated.

Minister O'Dowd also presented Lmfm's Pat O'Shaughnessy with a media appreciation award for his coverage of water safety issues.

Drogheda Independent

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