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Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett, TD, presents National Bravery Awards at Farmleigh House ceremony.
Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett, TD, presented 21 awards in recognition of outstanding acts of bravery at a national ceremony in Farmleigh House.
Pictured at the awards were:
Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett and Garda Mark Irwin is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
– Rescue at Westport Quay
At approximately 4.00 a.m. on 18th November 2012, Garda John Boyle and Garda Mark Irwin, while patrolling the Westport Quay area, observed a car hanging at the edge of a pier. As they approached, they noticed a male in distress and when they went to the edge of the pier, the two Gardaí saw a young man in the sea. It appeared that he had attempted to exit the car once it had crashed but had fallen 15 feet into the sea. Both Gardaí decided to make their way down to him via a fixed ladder and entered the sea. They then dragged the man from the sea and carefully brought him back up the ladder and onto dry ground. He was subsequently brought to Mayo General Hospital where he made a full recovery. The water was at high tide, approximately 20 feet deep and the temperature was freezing at the time of the incident.
There is no doubt, but for the swift actions of Garda Mark Irwin and Garda John Boyle that the incident may have resulted in loss of life. The two Gardaí involved displayed considerable bravery in the actions they took. Without the swift actions of both Gardaí the man concerned may well have perished.
For their efforts
Garda Mark Irwin is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
Garda John Boyle is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
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