Sunday 18 March 2018

Tragedy averted after 'hero' garda and Good Samaritan jump into fast-flowing river to rescue man

Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

A BANK holiday tragedy was dramatically averted after a young garda dived into a fast-flowing river in order to save the life of a man.

Garda Stephen Fahy is being hailed a hero following the rescue effort at the Hyde bridge in Sligo yesterday.

Garda Stephen Fahy
Garda Stephen Fahy

It's understood Garda Fahy was on patrol when he noticed a man jumped into the Garavogue river fully clothed.

Dozens of people watched with some recording the man, believed to be a foreign national, struggling in the water with their mobile phones.

Hyde Bridge, Sligo
Hyde Bridge, Sligo

Garda Fahy and a local man, Adam McGoldrick, dragged the individual to safety.

He was brought to hospital where he was treated for hypothermia.

Garda Fahy has been working with An Garda Siochana for two years.

Senior gardai believe the incident would have ended in tragedy had it not been for the quick actions taken by the two men.

"I personally commended Garda Fahy and also Adam McGoldrick on their courage and heroism and a life has being saved as a result of their brave actions," said Chief Superintendent Michael Clancy, who is the Divisional Officer for Sligo Leitrim.

And GRA representative for the division, Garda Ray Wims, told that the act illustrates the commitment local gardai show towards the community.

Adam McGoldrick helped drag the man to safety
Adam McGoldrick helped drag the man to safety

"Garda Fahy's actions clearly demonstrates the levels of heroism displayed, he said.

"This heroic act is another indication of type of dedicated committed Gardaí that serve our communities. They are heroes.

"We also acknowledge the heroism shown by Adam McGoldrick."

Mr McGoldrick told that he jumped in  in order to assist the garda in the rescue effort.

"I know Stephen from my job and it was the least I could do after seeing the man jump and then when it just Stephen and another guard at the scene I told him I didn't mind going in."

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