Bird watchers the heroes of sea rescue
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.