4 Gardai tackle high tides to save woman from river
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.