AWARD No. 9 – Rescue from a Co. Westmeath river
On 29th June, 2012, Winnifred Roubians' children were playing with friends outside her house in Moyvore, Co. Westmeath, when one of the visiting children slipped and fell into a nearby swollen river. The boy, who is unable to swim, was swept away and was soon out of sight. Ms. Roubians’ son went to the house to raise the alarm. Ms Roubians’, without hesitation, jumped into the river and had to wade and swim a distance of over 200 metres before finding the child who was clinging to brambles along the side of the river. The child was in shock and had taken in a great deal of water. Ms. Roubians pulled him from the water and carried him to a waiting Garda car.
There is no doubt, but for the swift actions of Ms. Roubians that the incident may have resulted in loss of life. Ms. Roubians displayed considerable courage in the actions she took. Without the swift actions, the young boy concerned may well have perished.
For her efforts
Winnifred Roubians is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
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