Medal for hero in river drama
IT'S almost 45 years since Dermot Cranny (pictured right by Mark Maxwell) risked his life in a flooded river in a rescue operation following a car crash.
The then 27-year-old Irish Red Cross water safety instructor plunged into the River Dargle on December 15, 1965, to see if two men were still trapped in the submerged car.
However, the search had to be called off and the men's bodies were later found.
Yesterday the now 72-year-old from Bray, Co Wicklow, joined an exclusive club when he received a Red Cross Award of Merit for bravery.
Mr Cranny also received a commemorative medal for 50 years' service to the Red Cross at a ceremony at the National Gallery of Ireland. He said he was "gobsmacked" at the honour.