Monday 18 June 2018

Brave young garda tackles fast tides to save woman from drowning

Garda Padraic Deery
Garda Padraic Deery
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

THIS is the young garda who helped prevent another late night tragedy from taking place in the North West.

Garda Padraic Deery dived into the Garravogue river in Sligo after a woman was seen being swept a few hundred metres by fast tides.

Garda Deery managed to reach the woman and with the assistance of his colleague, Garda TJ Gallagher, successfully brought her to safety.

A number of nightclub bouncers were also involved in the rescue by sending life rings in the water, which was fast flowing due to earlier ran.

Garda Gallagher was then later involved in another rescue involving a separate male.

It’s the third time in a matter of weeks that gardai in Sligo have saved lives at the scene of the river.

Chief Superintendent Michael Clancy commended the gardaí for their bravery and said their actions no doubt resulted in lives being saved.

Ray Wims, the North Western representative of the GRA, said the rescue operations illustrates the type of work that front line officers do on a daily basis.

“I am very relieved that,thankfully, no loss of life occurred during these rescue operations,” Garda Wims told

“We are very proud of Garda Deery and Garda Gallagher. It is indicative of their commitment to their jobs and their communities.”

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