Cool-headed Craig gets award for river rescue
A DROGHEDA man has been honoured for helping to save a drowning victim.
Craig Reay received a Seiko Just In Time award for his bravery after spotting a man struggling in the river Boyne.
Earlier this year, Craig was walking along Wellington Quay when he heard splashing in the water under the bridge. Seeing a man in difficulty in the water he ran to get a lifebuoy, threw it in and managed to reach the man. However, as Craig was pulling the man in, the rope snapped. Craig kept a cool head, ran to fetch a second lifebuoy, threw it, secured the man and called the emergency services.
Minister Fergus O'Dowd was on hand to present the special award at a ceremony in Dublin.
'Thanks to these selfless acts, the man was pulled to safety by both Craig and two gardaí and made a full recovery. Craig fully deserves to be honoured for this act, which contributed to the saving of a life,' he stated.
Minister O'Dowd also presented Lmfm's Pat O'Shaughnessy with a media appreciation award for his coverage of water safety issues.