Bird watch­ers the he­roes of sea res­cue

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

June 1984

Hum­ble bird watch­ers turned into su­per he­roes when they plucked four peo­ple from stormy wa­ters in a dra­matic res­cue off Bray Head last Sun­day,

The day started as an or­di­nary na­ture study for Ger­ard Hayenga, David Jack­son, David Shee­han, Rowan Lock­hardt and lo­cal cou­ple Tim and Fiona Man­tle.

In their at­tempt to spot birds through binoc­u­lars, they caught sight of a num­ber of peo­ple strug­gling in the sea be­side an up­turned boat.

The five men made their way to the wa­ter and man­aged to bring the vic­tims to safety while Fiona Man­tle ran to the Cliff Ho­tel and con­tacted the sea res­cue ser­vice.

One of the vic­tims, the more se­ri­ously in­jured, was winched from the rocks by the army Alou­ette he­li­copter. Another man was car­ried to the Cliff Ho­tel and was whisked away when the he­li­copter re­turned while the other two were able to walk to the ho­tel with some as­sis­tance.

A crew from grey­stones Sail­ing Club also ar­rived on the scene and helped in the res­cue op­er­a­tion.

The four peo­ple in­volved, one of them a 12 year old boy, had set out on a fish­ing trip from Grey­stones and were off the south side of Bray Head when their boat over­turned.

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