Two Gardai praised for res­cu­ing youth from river

The Argus - - NEWS - By ELAINE KEOGH

TWO Gardai have been cred­ited with sav­ing the life of a young per­son who went into a fast flow­ing river swollen with wa­ter af­ter last weeks’ heavy rains.

Gardai Ro­nan Do­herty (25) and Ash­ley McEvoy (34), Dundalk, also put the per­son in their Garda ve­hi­cle and drove to meet the am­bu­lance that was en route as they were very con­cerned hy­pother­mia might set in.

Gda McEvoy said they were alerted af­ter a call from the pub­lic that, ‘a young per­son had en­tered the Castle­town river.’

They re­alised the flow of the river would have moved the per­son from where they were last seen so they be­gan to search in the di­rec­tion the wa­ter was mov­ing.

‘It was pretty fast flow­ing and pretty deep,’ said Gda McEvoy.

A short time later Gda Do­herty saw what he thought was a piece of cloth­ing and made his way there.

‘I saw the young per­son in the wa­ter hold­ing onto a tree. The wa­ter was up pretty high.’

The young per­son was hold­ing onto a tree branch and Gda McEvoy said the wa­ter was at neck height.

He said, ‘I got my ba­ton out and ex­tended it and reached it out and the per­son was able to grab a hold of it.’

Gda Do­herty then reached over to grab the per­sons hands. ‘ The river was flow­ing fairly fast and we were wor­ried if they lost grip they would have went with the cur­rent.’

Both Gardai then pulled the per­son out of the wa­ter and rang for an am­bu­lance. The fire ser­vice ar­rived and a foil blan­ket was put around them but the Garda were still con­cerned about the risk of hy­pother­mia.

They put the per­son into the Garda van, turned the heat up full and drove to meet the am­bu­lance which was com­ing from Drogheda.

The paramedics then took over car­ing for the per­son and the gardai re­turned to fin­ish their work­ing day, last Thurs­day.

Their Sgt, Er­rol Boyle paid trib­ute to them say­ing, ‘ They were fast think­ing on the day. But for the ac­tions of both Gardai this young per­son could have lost their life. I saw the cur­rents and they would def­i­nitely have oth­er­wise been swept out to sea.’

Gda Do­herty, who loves work­ing in Dundalk, said, ‘Ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent, you can’t pre­pare for this to hap­pen, you just work off your in­stinct’

Gda McEvoy said, ‘Peo­ple don’t re­alise what (sit­u­a­tion) you can go to or what you do get called to.’

Garda Su­per­in­ten­dent Gerry Cur­ley, Dundalk said, ‘We are thank­ful to the pub­lic for their prompt ac­tion in re­port­ing it to the Gardai.’

‘I would like to com­mend the two mem­bers for their prompt re­sponse to the in­ci­dent and their ded­i­ca­tion to duty to fol­low-up and their courage in en­sur­ing the per­son was able to get out of the wa­ter in a safe man­ner.’

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