Rescue at Wicklow Pier
On the evening of 21st July, 2013, Brian O’Sullivan (who was 15 at the time) was at the Wicklow pier with some friends when he saw a man and two children, struggling in the water. Mr. O’Sullivan jumped into the water and swam over to the man who was at that stage floating face down and proceeded to hold his head above the water – the two children had managed to get onto one of a number of kayaks in the water. Katie O’Neill, the lifeguard on duty at the time, also entered the water and started to swim towards Mr. O’Sullivan. Ms. O’Neill took over the rescue from Mr. O’Sullivan. She brought the man who had been in difficulty onto one of the kayaks in the water and attempted to resuscitate him. The kayak was brought to shore where two nurses who were nearby took over while Ms. O’Neill contacted the ambulance service.
Subsequently the man was brought to Tallaght Hospital where he unfortunately lost his fight for life the following day. Brian O’Sullivan acted on instinct. Despite the fact that there were over 200 people present on the day he was the one who took action rather than remain an onlooker. Katie O’Neill is also worthy of commendation and acted calmly and with authority bringing her skills to bear on the sad situation
For their efforts
Katie O’Neill is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Brian O’Sullivan is awarded a Silver Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
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