Tuesday 12 December 2017

Hero Clare goalie Joe Hayes saves young woman from drowning in Shannon drama

Joe Hayes. Photo: Sportsfile
Joe Hayes. Photo: Sportsfile

Barry Duggan

A GAA goalkeeper showed a safe pair of hands when he dived into a fast flowing river and dragged out a young woman.

Limerick-based garda and Clare keeper Joe Hayes was training with his native county last night ahead of their Munster senior football championship match this weekend after his heroics on the Shannon yesterday.

Senior officers at Henry Street garda station in Limerick city said his actions in saving a 22-year-old woman from drowning were "heroic".

The drama unfolded shortly after Gda Hayes had arrived in the city to begin work. Around 6am, two alert officers -- Tadgh Cronin and Brian Darcy -- noticed that a woman was in difficulty at the river by the Shannon Bridge.

Gda Hayes raced to the scene as the woman was submerged.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper immediately dived into the cold river. He managed to find the woman and got her head above water before swimming to a nearby ladder where his colleagues, Sergeant Pat Brennan, Garda Dermot Murphy, Garda Sean O'Regan and Garda Adrian Egan, assisted him in taking her from the Shannon

The young woman was yesterday recovering from her ordeal.

Irish Independent

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