4 Gar­dai tackle high tides to save woman from river

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

FOR the sec­ond time in a mat­ter of days, gar­daí in Sligo have pre­vented a drown­ing tragedy.

Four of­fi­cers waded into the Gar­avogue river in Sligo town at around 1.30am last Wed­nes­day in or­der to res­cue a woman in her twen­ties.

The con­di­tions were par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous at the time be­cause of the heavy rain­fall.

Given the strength of the cur­rents, it took the ef­forts of the four of­fi­cers - San­dra Deery, Der­mot O’Con­nor, Louis Mo­ran and Jonathan Tighe - to res­cue the woman.

The high tide meant the water was chest- high on the mem­bers in ques­tion.

Garda Rep­re­sen­ta­tive As­so­ci­a­tion ( GRA) rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Sligo/ Leitrim, Ray Wims, said the con­di­tions were par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous at the time.

“Firstly, I am ex­tremely re­lieved to say the very least. Thank­fully no loss of live oc­curred dur­ing this res­cue op­er­a­tion,” Garda Wims said.

“The river flow could only be de­scribed as the most dan­ger­ous and un­for­giv­ing.

“We had sig­nif­i­cant rain­fall in the area which made con­di­tions ex­tremely dan­ger­ous.

“My four garda col­leagues were at the scene in a mat­ter of sec­onds. In sce­nar­ios like this every sec­ond is vi­tal.

“I and all my garda col­leagues are very proud of Garda San­dra Deery, Garda Jonathan Tighe, Garda Louis Mo­ran and Garda Der­mot O’Con­nor.

“Garda are well re­spected in the Sligo area and the lat­est event is in­dica­tive of the kind of hero­ism gar­daí en­gage in as part of their jobs.”

This is the sec­ond in a mat­ter of days that gar­daí have been in­volved in a res­cue ef­fort at this par­tic­u­lar spot.

Over the August Bank hol­i­day week­end, Garda Stephen Fahy and good sa­mar­i­tan Adam McGoldrick were hailed as he­roes af­ter they dived into the river to save a man who was fully clothed.

The Gar­avogue river.

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