Thursday 19 July 2018

Passers-by save woman during 'red alert' swim

A still image from the video showing the woman’s rescue
A still image from the video showing the woman’s rescue
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Gardaí had to warn people not to go swimming during the red alert status yesterday after members of the public had to rescue a woman from the sea.

Video footage has emerged online showing people, including Edward Thomas (50), coming to the woman's aid at Sandycove Harbour in south Dublin.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Mr Thomas's wife Gwen said: "She was fighting against the waves, so my husband and another man threw the ring over to her and she was fortunately able to grab it and they dragged her out. She couldn't even stand she was that exhausted, so she sat down for 10 minutes to catch her breath.

"Without a doubt, if the people weren't there to throw in the ring she would have died. The waves were pushing her against the rocks and dragging her under.

"As soon as they got her out, two men togged up and got in, after all that happened. I couldn't believe it. Luckily, a police car came and once they put the sirens on the two men quickly got out."

A Garda spokesman said: "We are advising people not to go swimming as there are extremely high tides."

Irish Independent

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