Stricken kayaker recovering

Two West Kerry fishermen have been hailed as heroes after a man they rescued from the water in Smerwick Harbour last week was discharged from hospital yesterday evening having been on life support just days previously..

The fishermen, Eddie Moore and his 19-year-old son Cathal, were returning from their day's fishing on Tuesday evening of last week when Cathal noticed a kayak with nobody on board and they went to investigate. At the scene they found a man floating unconscious in the water beside the kayak.

They hauled him on board and immediately began to perform emergency CPR.

As they headed for the pier at Baile na nGall (Ballydavid), they called emergency services and continued to perform CPR. An ambulance was waiting at the pier by the time the boat made it to land.

The ambulance crew continued resuscitation on the man and he was transferred to Gallarus GAA field two kilometres away, where a Coast Guard helicopter was waiting on site to airlift him to University Hospital Kerry (UHK).

After being brought to UHK, the man was on life-support for some 36 hours before he began to show signs of recovery.

He continued to make steady progress over the following days, and he was discharged from hospital on this Tuesday (July 11).

News of the accident spread rapidly throughout West Kerry, where there was huge concern for the man's welfare, and equally huge relief as news of his recovery subsequently emerged.


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